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The French satellite is called...

M e t e o s a t

 
An image from Meteosat

In 1977, the European Space Agency placed the first Meteosat in orbit. Since then, six generations have orbited the Earth. The first four have been retired and, today, Meteosat-5 generates atmospheric images of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, part of South America, and the Atlantic Ocean. Meteosat-6 waits for its call to duty. Every thirty minutes, Meteosat-5 transmits three Earth images to the European Space Agency's Operations Center, located in Germany, for interpretation.

For more information, browse the news of the launch of Meteosat 7.

 
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