EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY,R. BRESNIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY,R. BRESNIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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MetOp-B weather satellite being prepared for testing after arrival at its launch site. This is one of three meteorological satellites that form the space component of the EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) Polar System (EPS). It carries 11 instruments to measure and record a wide range of meteorological and atmospheric conditions and will greatly improve weather forecasting and climate monitoring. MetOp-A was launched in 2006, MetOp-B is due for launch on 17th September 2012. Photographed at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
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