TerraSAR-X satellite launch preparations

TerraSAR-X satellite launch preparations

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Caption: TerraSAR-X satellite launch preparations. Engineers preparing the TerraSAR-X satellite for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Here, the satellite is being placed inside the upper stage of a rocket and mounted on a transport platform. TerraSAR-X is a European satellite that uses X-band (microwave) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to observe the Earth from space. The engineers are wearing protective clothing to avoid contaminating the sensitive equipment. The launch took place on 15 June 2007. Photographed on 6 June 2007.

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