Take a look at the photos of the launch of a Russian Rockot Booster from a disused Soviet nuclear missile with the European Earth Observation Satellite Sentinel 3B.
The 29 meter high Rockot launcher was raised at 17:57 GMT (13:57 EDT, 20:57 local time) from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the far north of Russia.
Consists of two booster stages from Russia's disused UR-100N or SS-19 missile camps and a Breeze KM upper stage, the Rockot fired from a launch tube with its first engines producing around 420,000 pounds of thrust and flew into the North-North West to Deliver Sentinel's 3B Satellite to a 500-mile Elevation (800 Kilometers (19659002) Sentinel 3B carries instruments for surveying the oceans and vegetation for the European Commission's Copernicus program, a billion-dollar fleet of environmental satellites. 19659002] Read our full story for mission details.
These photos show the Rockot launch pad in Plesetsk before take-off, including retracting the pad's mobile gantry before the bearer climbed out of the launch tube.
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