After being sealed within its Vega rocket fairing, Aeolus has been rolled out to the launch pad at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Here it will join the rest of the rocket in the launch tower in preparation for liftoff on 21 August at 21:20 GMT (23:20 CEST).

Aeolus has left the building. (ESA)

Aeolus rolls out to launch pad. (ESA)

Read more about the Aeolus mission.