Ariane 5 rocket launch preparations, November 2016

Ariane 5 rocket launch preparations, November 2016

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Credit: Stephane Corvaja/EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Ariane 5 rocket launch preparations. Preparations at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, for the VA233 launch on an Ariane 5 rocket of four Galileo satellites. The rocket and its payload are being transferred from the Final Assembly Building (BAF) to the ELA-3 launch zone. The launch took place on 17 November 2016, with satellites 15-18 deployed in orbit. The European Space Agency's Galileo navigation system will consist of 30 satellites orbiting over 23,000 kilometres above the Earth. It is scheduled for completion in 2020. Photographed on 15 November 2016.

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