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TerraSAR-X satellite launch, at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. TerraSAR-X is a European satellite that uses X-band (microwave) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to observe the Earth from space. The satellite itself is in the upper stage, sitting on top of the rocket below it. The rocket used here is a converted RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), used as part of the Dnepr program. ICBMs were originally intended for used in nuclear warfare. Photographed on 15 June 2007.
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