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*** Ariane rocket launches SPOT-4 observation satellite

Western Europe's 107th Ariane rocket blasted off from French Guiana
Monday and placed into orbit the SPOT-4 earth observation satellite
for the French Space Agency. The Ariane-4 rocket lifted off at 10:46
p.m local time. 18 minutes after takeoff, space officials said the
satellite separated from the rocket. The 2.8-metric-ton satellite
will provide high resolution imaging for remote sensing services and
medium resolution imaging for global environmental monitoring.
Designed to operate in space for five years, SPOT-4 was built by
Matra Marconi Space, a joint venture of Britain's General Electric
Co. Plc and France's Lagardere Groupe. See
http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2553457609-e87

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