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The business end of IXV's Vega rocket

The business end of IXV's Vega rocket

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ESA / S. Corvaja

The business end of IXV's Vega rocket
The first stage solid rocket motor of an Arianespace Vega rocket burns brightly, blasting ESA's IXV away from the launch pad.

Most ESA images can be reused for noncommercial purposes as long as they are properly credited. For more information and other uses, read ESA's copyright notice.

Original image data dated on or about February 11, 2015

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