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Second 'colour vision' satellite for Copernicus launched

07 March 2017

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The ESA-developed Sentinel-2B satellite was launched on 07 March, doubling the coverage of high-resolution optical imaging in the Sentinel-2 mission for the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.

The 1.1 tonne satellite was carried into orbit on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:49 GMT on 7 March (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time, 6 March).

After this first 'launch and early orbit' phase, which typically lasts three days, controllers will begin checking and calibrating the instruments to commission the satellite. The mission is expected to begin operations in three to four months.

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Zooming in on Mexico's landscape

22 October 2018

As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the vegetation growing across the entire country.

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The high-resolution land-cover map combines images captured by Copernicus Sentinel-2 between 2016 and 2018.