Roscosmos – Russia’s space agency sent a brand new satellite into orbit in a stunning Christmas Eve launch at present (Dec. 24). It is a mission: to study Earth’s weather from above.
A Proton rocket launched the brand new satellite, designated to as Electro-L 3, into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:03 a.m. EST (1203 GMT). However, it was 3:03 p.m. in the afternoon on the spaceport in Central Asia.
The Electro-L 3 satellite is the third climate observatory of its kind for Russia’s Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (often known as Rosgidromet). The spacecraft is a geostationary satellite designed to determine weather over one particular a part of Earth for Russian weather officials.
The first Electro-L satellite launched in 2011, with the second following in 2015.