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A 'toast' to Copernicus Sentinel-2B as it delivers its first images

Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union's Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the 'colour vision' it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.
With a swath width of 290 km, the satellite's first acquisition began over the Baltic Sea and made a strip-like observation through eastern Europe, ending in northern Libya.

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Replay of the #Sentinel2Go launch event at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Germany on 7 March 2017.

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Sentinel-2B launch: Full replay

Full replay of the launch coverage of the Sentinel-2B satellite, which lifted off on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana at 01:49 GMT (02:49 CET) on 7 March 2017.
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Sentinel satellite launched to picture Planet Earth

One of the key spacecraft in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation (EO) programme has launched from French Guiana.
Sentinel-2B carries a large camera to image all land surfaces and coastal waters in visible and infrared light.
It joins an identical spacecraft, Sentinel-2A, already in orbit.

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Second 'colour vision' satellite for Copernicus launched

The ESA-developed Sentinel-2B satellite was launched today, doubling the coverage of high-resolution optical imaging in the Sentinel-2 mission for the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.
The 1.1 tonne satellite was carried into orbit on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:49 GMT on 7 March (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time, 6 March).

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For its third launch of the year - and the ninth to be performed by the Vega launcher since its first liftoff from the Guiana Space Center in 2012 - Arianespace will orbit the Sentinel-2B satellite, a part of Europe's Copernicus Earth observation program, on behalf of the European Commission within the scope of a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA).
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Sentinel-2B poised for liftoff

With liftoff just few days away, the next Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is positioned in the launch tower at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Carrying a multispectral camera to image Earth's changing land and vegetation, Sentinel-2B is set for launch on 7 March at 01:49 GMT (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time on 6 March).

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Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space

...the Sentinel-2A craft is about to be joined by its twin, Sentinel-2B, which will complete the pairing that will cover all Earth's land surfaces, large islands, and inland and coastal waters every five days.
Sentinel-2B will be lofted into orbit by a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:49 GMT (02:49 CET) on 7 March, and teams at ESA's mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, will be watching closely.

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Green for Sentinel-2

On Monday this week, 30 days before the scheduled launch of Sentinel-2B, flight director Pier Paolo Emanuelli reported that the 'ground segment' - the hardware, systems and networks used on Earth to control the satellite in orbit - is 'green' for launch.
Liftoff is scheduled for 7 March at 01:49 GMT on a Vega rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. The mission control team at ESA's mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, will take over control of Sentinel-2B about 58 minutes later.

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Join us for #SENTINEL2GO Launch

Be a part of Europe's Earth observation revolution: apply to join top Earth experts at the Sentinel launch SocialSpace on 6-7 March in Darmstadt, Germany.
We are inviting social media users to apply to join us for the launch of the second Sentinel-2 satellite at ESA's mission control in Darmstadt, Germany.

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