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Dossier - Ariane's 30th anniversary

On Christmas Eve 1979, the first Ariane launcher propelled Europe into space. Today, 30 years on, Ariane 5 continues to guarantee Europe's free, independent and reliable access to space. And over those 30 years, the satellites that Ariane has launched have made our lives easier, more comfortable and more secure.

On Christmas Eve 1979, the first Ariane launcher propelled Europe into space. Today, 30 years on, Ariane 5 continues to guarantee Europe's free, independent and reliable access to space. And over those 30 years, the satellites that Ariane has launched have made our lives easier, more comfortable and more secure.

Launcher SystemAriane 4Ariane 5