posted on Mar, 17 2009 @ 10:56 AM
"The European Space Agency has just launched its gravity mapping satellite, Goce - after a day's delay.
It left Earth at 1421GMT on a modified intercontinental ballistic missile from north-west Russia.
The flight will not be declared a success until Goce separates from its rocket about 90 minutes after lift-off.
The mission will give scientists new insights into how the interior of the planet is structured and provide key information on how the oceans move.
Goce is heading for an initial altitude of about 280km on a trajectory that will circle the Earth from pole to pole."