PHOTOS: Ariane 5 launcher moved to pad

An Ariane 5 rocket moved to the ELA-3 launch zone Tuesday ahead of a scheduled blastoff with the Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario communications satellites.

Skynet 5D will be operated by Astrium Services for the UK military, and Mexsat Bicentenario will serve the Mexican government.

Liftoff is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 2149 GMT (4:49 p.m. EST; 6:49 p.m. local time).

Credit: CNES/ESA/Arianespace

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