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Photos: Ariane 5's fiery climb to space from French Guiana

2 monthes ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

A European Ariane 5 rocket fired into a gloomy sky Thursday over French Guiana and streaked into space from the tropical launch base with 2.9 million pounds of thrust from two solid rocket boosters and a hydrogen-fueled Vulcain 2 main engine.
Imagery released by Arianespace and CNES - operator of the Ariane 5 rocket and the Guiana Space Center, respectively - illustrate the fiery power of the Ariane 5 rocket.
The nearly 180-foot-tall rocket lifted off at 6:05 p.m. French Guiana time on Jan. 16, about a half-hour before sunset at the remote jungle space base located on the northeastern...
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