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MSG-4 launch timeline

On 15 July, a powerful Ariane launcher will loft Europe’s final Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite into orbit from Kourou, French Guiana. For the mission control team at ESA, liftoff will mark the end of months of careful preparations and the start of the mission’s first critical phase. To source

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Rosetta: preparing for perihelion

Rosetta’s investigations of its comet are continuing as the mission teams count down the last month to perihelion – the closest point to the Sun along the comet’s orbit – when the comet’s activity is expected to be at its highest. To source

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Central Algeria

Earth observation image of the week: the sandy and rocky terrain of the Sahara desert as seen by Sentinel-2, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme To source

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