Gallery: European Space Agency Launches MetOp-B Satellite to Track Clim...


The European Space Agency (ESA) just launched its second polar-orbiting weather satellite into space. The MetOp-B satellite, which is about the size of a bus, will ensure the continuity of the weather and atmospheric monitoring service provided by its predecessor MetOp-A. The older satellite has been circling the globe from pole to pole, 14 times a day, since 2006 and it has now exceeded its design lifetime. Upon deployment in space, MetOp-B will deliver next-generation weather imagery and global information about the planet’s ever-changing climate systems.

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