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Photo contest winner recalls Sentinel-2A launch

26 Jun 2015, 13:15 UTC
Photo contest winner recalls Sentinel-2A launch
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Winner of the ‘Colour vision’ photo competition, Michael Angelo Richardson from the Netherlands, tells us about his trip to ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany, to watch the launch of Sentinel-2A.
Sentinel-2A launch event (M.A. Richardson)
After winning ESA’s photo competition I got to watch the launch of Sentinel-2A satellite at ESOC in Darmstadt live from Kourou, French Guiana. It was a spectacular experience! Not only the launch was awesome, but also all of the runner up and winning pictures were presented on large screens during the event. Guys, all of our pictures looked amazing on those large screens!
The Sentinel-2A satellite was launched into orbit by a Vega rocket. At precisely 3:52 CEST Vega roared up like a loud and fast sunrise in the night sky of Kourou, French Guiana. Less than one hour later Sentinel-2A detached from the third stage of its launcher. Loud applause followed confirmation of its safe delivery into orbit and unfolding of its solar panels.
Mission control room at ESOC (M.A. Richardson)
Sentinel-2’s working orbit ensures it continuous sunshine. It will make wide (290 km) high-resolution and multispectral swaths, or images if you will, of Earth. All of the data it produces will be ...

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