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Ariane 5 ES launcher on ZL-3
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- Title Ariane 5 ES launcher on ZL-3
- Released 16/02/2011 10:23 pm
- Copyright ESA - S. Corvaja, 2011
Ariane 5 ES launcher V200 photographed on 14 February 2011 after the transfer from the Final Assembly Building (BAF) to the Launch Zone (ZL-3), at Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA-3), Guiana Space Centre, Europe's Spaceport. Ariane was mated in the BAF with its payload, ATV Johannes Kepler, and now is ready for fuelling and final launch preparation.
ESA's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle will be launched to the International Space Station on 16 February, at 21:50:55 GMT from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The unmanned vessel will deliver essential supplies and reboost the Station during its mission lasting three and half months.