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In an impressive show of confidence, Ariane-5 has been entrusted with a singularly prestigious mission for its maiden flight, now expected to be at the end of this month. The new heavy launch vehicle will have the task of placing a payload of exceptional scientific value in orbit: the Cluster* quartet built by ESA to make a detailed study of the fraught relations between the Sun and Earth.
Published: 3 May 1996
At the end of 1995, Cluster, an ambitious European Space Agency science project using four identical spacecraft to study the Earth's magnetosphere, will be launched from Europe's spaceport in Kourou by the first Ariane 5 launcher.
Published: 29 September 1994
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