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Stephàne Israël, Arianespace's chairman and CEO, hailed the launch as a success in remarks to VIPs inside the Guiana Space Center's Jupiter control center.
NASA astronaut Rick Mastraccio captured this photo of a European Ariane 5 rocket launch as seen from the International Space Station on Feb.
Mastracchio posted a photo of the launch on his Twitter account.
"My satisfaction is all the greater that tonight's mission is the very symbol of Arianespace's dual raison d'être," Israël said.
The flight marked the 58th consecutive success for the Ariane 5 rocket dating back to 2003.[Spaceflight Now Photos: Ariane 5 Rocket Rolls Out to Launch Pad] The commercial ABS 2 satellite is starting a 15-year operational lifetime, but the first leg of the mission will be to boost itself into a circular geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles high.