Rocket: Ariane 5
Payload: Helios 2B
Date: Dec. 18, 2009
Window: 1626 GMT (11:26 a.m. EST)
Site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

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By Stephen Clark

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This Ariane 5 mission carries the French military's Helios 2B reconnaissance satellite