Satel­lite launched to mon­i­tor cli­mate change and veg­e­ta­tion

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Two satel­lites in­clud­ing one ded­i­cated to mon­i­tor­ing the ef­fects of cli­mate change on veg­e­ta­tion were suc­cess­fully launched into or­bit late Tues­day, launch com­pany Ari­anes­pace said. They were launched from Korou, in French Guiana, at 10:56 pm (0136 GMT). The Veg­e­ta­tion and En­vi­ron­ment mon­i­tor­ing on a New Mi­cro Satel­lite-or Venus-is a joint ef­fort between France's Na­tional Cen­tre for Space Stud­ies (CNES) and Is­rael's space agency. Venus will pho­to­graph 110 spe­cific sites across the world every two days for two-and-a-half years, chart­ing the im­pact of cli­mate change on ecosys­tems and agriculture as well as study­ing car­bon stocks and plant evo­lu­tion. The other satel­lite is on a re­con­nais­sance mis­sion for Italy's de­fense min­istry.

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