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Following an agreement between ESA, Krunichev Space Centre and Eurockot Launch Services, ESA's next Earth Explorer mission SMOS and a secondary payload, the technology demonstrator Proba-2 satellite, will now launch on November 2 2009.
The European Space Agency says its next Earth Explorer satellite is ready to be moved to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia for its Sept.
Following confirmation from Eurockot Launch Services that they will launch ESA's SMOS mission on September 9 this year, the satellite has just been taken out of storage â€“ providing an opportunity for the media to view the satellite before it is prepared for shipment to the launch site in Russia.
Proba-3 is the third in ESA's series of missions for validating developments in space systems while carrying an 'added value' user payload which can directly benefit from the innovations under test.
In orbit for three and a half years now, ESA's smallest Earth Observation satellite is making a big contribution to science. Proba applications range from studying land vegetation to water quality monitoring, assessing productivity of Italian vineyards, even helping hunt for meteorite impact craters.
The Millau viaduct, newly inaugurated by President Jacques Chirac, is now the world's tallest road bridge. It stands high above the Tarn valley in France's Massif Central mountains, as seen in this 11 December satellite image from ESA's Proba.
- a slit in a tire to drain away surface water and improve traction.