In this photo taken Thursday, April 3, 2014 and provided Friday, April 4, 2014 by the European Space Agency (ESA), the medium-lift VS07 Soyuz rocket lifts off from its launching pad in Kourou, French ... more 
In this photo taken Thursday, April 3, 2014 and provided Friday, April 4, 2014 by the European Space Agency (ESA), the medium-lift VS07 Soyuz rocket lifts off from its launching pad in Kourou, French Guiana. The European Space Agency says it has successfully launched the first in a series of satellites that will form the nucleus of its new Copernicus monitoring system aimed at providing better and quicker information about natural disasters and other catastrophes. (AP Photo/P Baudon, European Space Agency) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By P Baudon, European Space Agency
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 4:48 AM EDT