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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. ATV-4 docked with ISS

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    June 20, 2013

    The 4th European cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the Russian Zvezda module of the ISS Saturday 15 June, just after 16:00 CET. The station crew can now begin the task of unloading equipment, food and oxygen.

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