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Ariane launch Composite image depicting the launch of an Ariane rocket at Kourou French Guiana The rocket has just cleared the launch tower hidden behind smoke and the four lightning rods redtopped towers Smoke and steam pours out of the sites flame trenches The smoke is from the two large solid rocket boosters on either side of the rocket while the steam comes from tons of cooling water sprayed around the launch pad Europes Ariane will be used mainly for satellite launches although it is capable of carrying a variety of other spacecraft The first launch of an Ariane is set for mid

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