When your job is putting satellites into space on a huge rocket, there's a lot of pressure - hundreds of millions of euros worth of equipment is at stake with every launch. Meet one man who makes things go smoothly.
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.
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.
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.
An Ariane 5 rocket will put four more navigation satellites in orbit, bringing the total in Europe's global positioning arsenal to 22. It is a year ago since Galileo started offering its services.
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