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A Russian booster rocket has carried a European environmental satellite into orbit.

The European Space Agency's Sentinel-5P satellite was launched by a Rokot missile from the Plesetsk launch pad in northwestern Russia  on Friday.

The satellite will map the global atmosphere every day, helping study air pollution.

The mission will contribute to volcanic ash monitoring for aviation safety and for services that warn of high levels of UV radiation causing skin damage.

It's the sixth satellite in the ESA's Copernicus program.

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