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Russia to launch Cryosat-2 satellite on April 8

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, April 5 (RIA Novosti) - The launch of the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 Earth Explorer satellite on a Russian Rokot carrier rocket is scheduled for April 8, the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said on Monday.

CryoSat-2 will monitor the effects of global warming on polar glaciers. The launch was postponed in late February for technical reasons.

The 140 million euro satellite, CryoSat-1, was built by the space company EADS Astrium for the European Space Agency. It went missing in October 2005 after the satellite's Russian Rokot booster malfunctioned just a few minutes after blasting clear of the Plesetsk space center in northwest Russia. It later crashed into the Arctic Ocean.

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