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Satellite keeps its eye on ice

Cryosat 2 is a European satellite designed to look down on Earth and monitor ice and snow. It’s part of an overall programme to better understand Earth’s climate.

And interesting aspect of this mission is that the launch vehicle was a converted Dnepr ICBM – Intercontinental Ballistic Missile – which explains why it launched from a silo beneath the ground.

Adapted from information issued by ESA.