Rocket Launch Photos: Europe's 1st Earth-Watching Sentinel Satellite Blasts Off

Sentinel-1A Liftoff

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Sentinel-1 will provide all-weather, day-or-night radar images for numerous operational services, such as emergency responses, marine and land monitoring, civil security and climate studies. Image released April 3, 2014.

Sentinel-1A Clears the Tower

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Sentinel-1A lifted off on a Soyuz launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST) on April 3, 2014.

Sentinel-1A Launch Against Clouds and Blue Sky

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Sentinel-1A lifted off on a Soyuz launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST) on April 3, 2014.

Sentinel-1A Sends Back Selfie from Space

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Following its launch on April 3, 2014, Sentinel-1A has performed a carefully choreographed 10-hour dance routine to open its large radar antenna and solar wings. This picture was acquired by one of its onboard cameras. Viewed looking down one of the deployed solar wings with the radar open below - with Earth as the backdrop.

Sentinel-1A Aloft

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Sentinel-1A lifted off on a Soyuz launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST) on April 3, 2014.

Sentinel-1A Liftoff with Engines Burning

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Sentinel-1A lifted off on a Soyuz launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST) on April 3, 2014.

Sentinel-1A Ready for Liftoff

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Sentinel-1A sat atop the Soyuz rocket in readiness for liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on April 3, 2014.

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