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Israel to launch environmental satellite

Israel is to launch a flagship satellite for environmental research next week in collaboration with the CNES, France’s space agency.

The satellite, dubbed Venus, will launch on 2 August. It will collect data on environmental patterns in about 110 areas of the world, monitoring land, vegetation, reforestation, agriculture, water quality and coastlines.

Though it is a project managed jointly by Israel and France, Venus is the first civilian satellite built entirely by the Israel Space Agency. Its data will be transmitted to a reception station in northern Sweden, and initially processed by the CNES.

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