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  Ariane 5 blast off
The massive rocket was slowly brought over the launch platform
1/5 The massive rocket was slowly brought over the launch platform
Mission control shortly before the launch
2/5 Mission control shortly before the launch
The rocket is locked into position, blast off still many hours away
3/5 The rocket is locked into position, blast off still many hours away
Nightfall and Ariane blasts off
4/5 5 4 3 2 1...Ariane blasts off into the night sky
An enormous cloud of fuel exhaust is left inthe air as Ariane 5 heads into orbit
5/5 An enormous cloud of fuel exhaust is left in the air as Ariane 5 heads into orbit

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