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Successful launch for ESA’s CryoSat-2 ice mission
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- Title Successful launch for ESA’s CryoSat-2 ice mission
- Released 09/04/2010 10:02 am
- Copyright ESA - S. Corvaja, 2010
Europe's first mission dedicated to studying the Earth’s ice was launched today from Kazakhstan. From its polar orbit, CryoSat-2 will send back data leading to new insights into how ice is responding to climate change and the role it plays in our ‘Earth system’.
The CryoSat-2 satellite was launched at 15:57 CEST (13:57 UTC) on a Dnepr rocket provided by the International Space Company Kosmotras from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The signal confirming that it had separated from the launcher came 17 minutes later from the Malindi ground station in Kenya.