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Rockot launches ESA space science satellites
Posted: Sat, Nov 23, 2013, 10:00 AM ET (1500 GMT)
Rockot launch of ESA Swarm spacecraft (ESA) A Russian Rockot vehicle placed three European Space Agency satellites into orbit Friday mo a mission to study the Earth's magnetic field. The Rockot booster lifted off in foggy conditions at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 7:02 am EST (1202 GMT) Friday and released the three Swarm satellites into polar orbits an hour and a half later. The three satellites, built by Astrium and weighing 500 kilograms each, will fly in a formation at two different altitudes to perform detailed studies of the Earth's magnetic field.
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