On Friday (14 July) the European Space Agency will be making its attempt to launch the Geos Two scientific satellite.
GV PAN Geos One being launched at Cape Canaveral
CU Geos Two revolving during thermal vacuum tests
SV Technicians placing boom on Geos
SV Technicians at console
CU Geos Two rotating on test bed (3 shots)
Members of the STAR Consortium which built Geos Two include companies from Britain, Denmark, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.
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Background: On Friday (14 July) the European Space Agency will be making its attempt to launch the Geos Two scientific satellite. The Geos is a geo-stationary satellite which means that, once launched, it remains in a constant position in relation to the earth.
SYNOPSIS: Geos one was launched from Cape Canaveral in April of last year. The launch was perfect but, owing to a fault in the launch vehicle, the satellite went into the wrong orbit.
The new satellite, Geos Two, is virtually identical. Work on the satellite has been carried out mainly in England, but with support from eight member countries of the European Space Agency.
During the satellite's two year operational life, it will study the magnetosphere.
That's the region close to the earth which is still under the effects of the earth's magnetic field.
The magnetosphere helps filter solar particles entering the earth's atmosphere -- this protects the planet from the harmful effects of radiation. The satellite will be launched from Cape Canaveral by a Delta rocket. Its orbit will be 36,000 kilometres (22,300 miles) above the Equator.