GOCE launch day

UPDATE#2 – Looks like they will try again today. Same time, same place, fixed launch pad.

UPDATE – Launch delayed 7 seconds from take-off – more news from ESA soon hopefully.

GOCE, the first of three ESA Earth Explorer missions in 2009, launches today. ESA have gone multimedia crazy and you can follow progress on the website here, on twitter here, on flickr here and on YouTube here. Let’s hope they put as much effort into checking the rocket.

Fingers crossed for a sucessful launch. L-3 is at 15:18 CET (14:18 GMT).

Some background info below (once you get past the excessive footage of Italians enjoying the sunshine, the second half is actually useful).