Spaceflight Now: Cluster 2


August 9, 2000 -- Follow the launches of two Russian Soyuz rockets with ESA's quartet of Cluster 2 space weather satellites. Reload this page for the very latest on the mission.
Pre-launch briefing
Cluster to rise from the ashes

Anatomy of a Cluster II spacecraft

Into orbit

Unique 3-D science

Studying the Sun-Earth connection

Video vault
A Starsem Soyuz lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 16 carrying the first pair of Cluster II satellites into orbit.
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Animation depicts the launch of a pair of Cluster 2 satellites aboard a Starsem Soyuz equipped with a Fregat upper stage.
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The first quartet of Cluster satellites is destroyed when Europe's Ariane 5 explodes soon after launch on June 4, 1996.
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