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).