Ariane 30th birthday [video]

December 21, 2009 16:09 by scibuff

If you are from the Netherlands, I’m sorry for the confusion. I don’t mean princess Ariane who would not really like having been made almost 28 years older. I’m really referring to the series of space launch vehicles used by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Ariane 1 was first launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on December 24, 1979, marking the beginning of 30 years of success and giving Europe a guaranteed independent access to Space. The video below is a short recapitulation of 30 years of Ariane 1-5 launches, their contribution to science and space exploration.

Ariane 30th birthday - Credit: ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE - Chris HEIN