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EUMETSAT decommissions Meteosat-7 after almost 20 years of service

11 April 2017

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The final command was sent at 09:00 UTC, ending the exceptional service record not only of one spacecraft but of the whole Meteosat first generation mission started by ESA in 1977.

During the past four decades, the series of seven successive Meteosat first generation satellites established the foundations for the products and services EUMETSAT delivers today from the geostationary orbit in support of nowcasting of high impact weather and built up an archive of over 36 years of observations, an invaluable asset for climate change monitoring.

Source: EUMETSAT

Image credit: EUMETSAT - Meteosat-7

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