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  1. GAIA successful launch on 19 December 2013

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    December 19, 2013

    The European Space Agency’s GAIA satellite was sent aloft by a Soyuz launcher Thursday 19 December from the Guiana Space Centre. The launcher lifted off as scheduled at 10:12 CET and the satellite was released into orbit 42 minutes later. It will now take one month to reach the L2 Lagrange point, a very special point in the Sun-Earth system beyond Earth as seen from the Sun, some 1.5 million km away, 5 times the Earth-Moon distance. The L2 point orbits the Sun with the same period as Earth. GAIA will thus survey the entire galaxy in the space of a year. The Toulouse Space Centre houses one of the 6 European data centres of the GAIA mission, expected to last 5 years.

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  2. Ariane 5 launch on 6 February 2014 with Athena-Fidus on board

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    February 6, 2014

    The first Ariane rocket of the year 2014, orbited 2 telecommunications satellites, on thursday 6 Fabruary, from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre.

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  3. Next ariane launch live on 24 April 2015

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    October 3, 2014

    Ariane 5 ECA will orbit 2 telecommunications satellites on 24 April 2015 :  THOR 7 and Sicral 2. The launch had been postponed because of an anomaly occurred on a fluid connector between the cryogenic upper stage and the launch table during the preparations. Follow the launch live at 21h23 !

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  4. 63rd consecutive success for Ariane 5

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    October 3, 2014

    Ariane 5 ECA orbited 2 telecommunications satellites, DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16, on 6 December 2014 after a 48 hours launch delay due to bad meteorological conditions in French Guiana. The launcher lifted-off at 17:40 (Kourou), 21:40 (Paris). Watch the launch replay online.

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  5. Successful launch for Ariane 5 on 16 October 2014

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    October 16, 2014

    Ariane 5 launcher orbited 2 telecommunications satellites from the European Space Port in French Guiana on 16 October 2014  : ARSAT-1 and Intelsat 30. Liftoff happened with a few minutes late due to meteorological conditions at 18:43 (Kourou) ; 23:43 (Paris). See the replay online.

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