The European satellite "Aeolus," named after the keeper of the winds in Greek mythology, will be a giant leap forward in forecasting the world's weather. The probe will use new laser technology to measure wind speeds around the globe.
China's ambitious space program could also be a chance for the European Space Agency to grow. The Europeans can't afford big projects such as Mars missions or building lunar bases on their own, says DW's Frank Sieren.
Europe has launched a rocket from French Guyana to put a satellite into orbit designed to track global winds. The satellite is designed to enable improved weather forecasting and aid disaster relief operations.
Climate change is a global threat. So where to get the best perspective on the problem? Space! Scientists are monitoring Earth with satellites and running experiments in zero gravity to help save our fragile planet.
Two satellites have been successfully launched into orbit despite French firm Arianespace losing contact with its rocket. NASA also breathed a sigh of relief, as equipment for its latest mission was also on board.
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