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Placing Gaia on top of the Soyuz launcher (11 of 12)

Placing Gaia on top of the Soyuz launcher (11 of 12)


Date: 13 December 2013
Satellite: Gaia
Location: Soyuz launch pad, Centre Spatial Guyanais, Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA-CNES-Arianespace / Optique Vidéo du CSG - S. Martin

The Gaia spacecraft - mated with the Fregat stage and enclosed by the fairing - is lowered onto the Soyuz launcher, using an overhead crane inside the mobile gantry on the launch pad. The Soyuz launcher is below the platform inside the 53-metre tall mobile gantry and only the top of it is visible in this photo (grey cylinder).

Last Update: 1 September 2019
9-May-2021 22:27 UT

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