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3,000 aviation enthusiasts experience the final takeoff of Ariane from the Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse

3,000 aviation enthusiasts experience the final takeoff of Ariane from the Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse

Another 3,000 people attended the launch of an Ariane 5 rocket from the gardens of the Cité de l’Espace last night in Toulouse. 700 Airbus and Thalès employees and 2,300 people managed to book a place.

A historic event that comes to dedicate 26 years of launching satellites into space.

Alain attended the first take-off of Ariane 5

Among the curious attendees of the Cité de l’Espace is Alain, 74, a resident of Beauzelle. He’s worked his whole life in aviation, a junior at CNES and at Safran. He attended the latest Ariane 5 launch with stars in his eyes: “I should have been there, had the chance to see The first launch of the rocket at the French National Center for Space StudiesI’m excited, when I was young, to take off the alien bombers I had*ear stuck to the transistor** and it actually made me dream*.” Alan explains:We have a glimpse of space, of this infinity. When we raise our eyes to the sky we see a starry sky but when we imagine that we are on a galaxy and that there are thousands of galaxies in the universe, it is amazing and we would like to understand it. And we have reached this first planet A tiny speck of dust in the universesAnd this space lover concludes: “Ariane 5 is an extraordinary launcher, Great lady. “

“The sky lights up like a stormy night.”

Sylvain Raynal is an engineer at CNES, and he is one of the directors in the Department of Aerospace Transport. The recent launch of Ariane 5 is for him a historic moment that makes him remember the two times he made this flight directly from Kourou: “this An exceptional feelingIn addition to Huge shaking*, lights up the sky like a stormy night, it’s so wonderful * “. And this is the last flight?”For all the men and women who’ve worked around it and with Ariane 5 it’s the end of a very long story, 27 years of longevity and there we say goodbye to it it’s over so for space fans this is obviously a historic moment“.

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First flight of Ariane 5’s little sister, Ariadne 6 planned for End of 2023 beginning of 2024.