Sentinel-3B lifts off into space Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at the second Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite, Sentinel-3B, lifting off into space on April 25, 2018.
Sentinel-3B will join its twin, Sentinel-3A, in orbit to measure and collect data on oceans, ice, land, and the atmosphere. More specifically, the Sentinel-3 mission is geared towards oceanography, including the measuring of aquatic biological productivity, marine pollution, and changes in sea-level.
Sentinel-3B is a European Space Agency Earth observation satellite dedicated to oceanography which launched on 25 April 2018. It was built as a part of the Copernicus Programme, and is the second (after Sentinel-3A, launched 16 February 2016) of four planned Sentinel-3 satellites.
Copernicus Sentinel-3 are low earth polar orbiting satellites which means they fly from pole to pole at an average altitude of 815 km above the earth’s surface. Sentinel-3B lifts off into space as shown above in the video will also show you was built as a part of the Copernicus Programme. Sentinel-3B was successfully launched on 25 April 2018 at 17:57 UTC from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome aboard a Rokot launch vehicle
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)