On this day in 1997 - October 30th - the European Space Agency (ESA) launched its first successful Ariane 5 rocket.
The Ariane 5, Europe's most powerful launch vehicle, has been used to launch the XMM-Newton X-ray observatory, numerous telecom satellites, all of the International Space Station ATV resupply ships, the Herschel Space Observatory, and the Rosetta mission.
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