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30 years ago, the first European Earth observation satellite was launched into space
ERS-1 provided details of the Earth's surface and laid the foundation for modern space radars
Thirty years ago, on 17 July 1991, at exactly 03:46 (CEST), an Ariane 4 launch vehicle took off into space with the Earth observation satellite ERS-1 of the European Space Agency (ESA). The abbreviation stands for European Remote-Sensing Satellite and the "1" marks it as the first of its kind. ERS-1 is the ancestor of all modern European Earth observation satellites. The mission marks both the beginning...
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