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Europe launches sixth Sentinel Earth observation satellite

Europe launched the sixth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites on Friday as part of the multibillion-euro Copernicus programme to monitor volcanic ash and ultraviolet radiation. The Sentinel-5P satellite, part of a system of satellites that is to monitor Earth, blasted off on board a Rockot launcher from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia's north-western Arkhangelsk region at 0927 GMT.

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