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In Photos: Soyuz Rocket Launches Russia's Meteor M2-2 Weather Satellite on Rideshare Mission



Russia launched its Soyuz rocket Friday morning (July 5) and sent the Meteor M2-2 weather satellite and 32 other smaller satellites into orbit.

Mission mission was lifted from Vostochny Cosmodrome in eastern Russia at. 08.41 local time (1:41 am on EDT or 0541 GMT).

Russia's Meteor M2-2 weather satellite will provide Russian meteorologists with images of clouds, Earth's surface, ice cover as well as humidity and temperature, officials of Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, said in a statement.

The rest of the satellites launched on the rocket belong to 12 other countries such as the United States, Germany, France and Sweden, in addition to three Russian cubesates.

Click through this gallery to see pictures of the mission!


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