European environmental observer launched by Russian rocket
Photos: Sentinel 3B satellite prepared for launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Live coverage: Europe’s next environmental sentinel lifts off
A European environmental satellite designed to monitor Earth’s oceans, lakes and vegetation lifted off Wednesday aboard a modified Russian ballistic missile originally built to carry nuclear warheads. The mission launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome around 500 miles north of Moscow at 1757:51 GMT (1:57:51 p.m. EDT).
Photos: Converted Russian ballistic missile fires into space with satellite
Modified Russian missile boosts Europe’s newest environmental sentinel to space
Photos: Sentinel 5P environmental satellite prepared for liftoff
Live coverage: European environmental satellite launches from Russia
A modified Russian missile built for nuclear war blasted off on a peaceful mission Friday, targeting placement of a European Earth observation satellite in orbit to measure atmospheric chemistry and global air quality. Liftoff from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia occurred at 0927 GMT (5:27 a.m. EDT).