Figure 2

Figure 2 - Ariane IV rocket launch

Launch of first Ariane IV rocket on June 15, 1988 for Arianespace. This, the twenty-second Arianespace flight, placed three satellites into orbit for three different customers. Arianespace seized the global lead in launching commercial payloads soon after its creation in 1980, and has maintained that lead to the present. Courtesy NASA.

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