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Envisat will launch on a giant rocket known as an Ariane 5 from Europe’s spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana.

If all goes to plan, the satellite will separate from the upper part of the rocket 26 minutes after take-off.

The solar panel will then start to unfurl and the spacecraft will move into position, pointing down towards the Earth.

Orbit correction procedures will then take place and the satellite’s antenna will be deployed.

During the mission, Envisat will be monitored and guided by staff in the European Space Agency’s Space Operations Centre at Darmstadt in Germany.

Courtesy: European Space Agency

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