wWith the launch of a new satellite, most countries do not have to worry about snakes sliding into the pipes, huge rodents nibbling on the cables or jaguar sneaking through the bushes.
But for mission controllers at the European Space Agency it is – quite literally – a jungle out there.
When the ESA launched this Aeolus wind monitoring satellite on the market this week, it was located from its space port in Kourou, French Guyana, a special European enclave at the equator, nestled between Suriname and Brazil.
Dealing with extreme humidity, the threat of tropical storms and a menagerie of strange creatures may not be rocket science, but it is an unusual challenge for space flight engineers.
Denis Dhelft, Russian interface …