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First pictures from Stevenage-built satellite due

The first images taken from a satellite built in Stevenage will be beamed back to earth today.

The satellite being built in Stevenage. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The Sentinel 5-P was built by Airbus Space and Defence to monitor pollution levels. It will also show power stations, cities and even the Bali volcano explosion.

It was launched back in October shortly after a World Health Organisation warning that pollution is a greater global threat than Ebola and HIV.

It can map a number of gases. Credit: European Space Agency.

It is able to map gases including nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols.