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From the BBC News Page 'Green Eye' prepares for launch....

Between the Atlantic Ocean and the mangrove swamps, in the hi-tech surroundings of Europe's spaceport, a spacecraft is undergoing final checks.

After more than 10 years in development, Europe's 2.3 billion-euro mission to assess the environmental health of the planet is about to launch.

They are putting the finishing touches to the largest Earth-observation satellite ever built in Europe. Take-off is set for the early hours of 1st of March.

The 14-year-programme has been quite an adventure, says Derek Todman, project manager for the 'backbone' of the satellite, which was built in the UK under contract to the European Space Agency.

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