Watch a satellite launch via webcam

It’s a busy week space-wise, with the Space Shuttle launch yesterday and an Ariane launch on Thursday (14th May).

The European space agency, Arianespace will be launching its massive Ariane 5 rocket and placing two satellites into orbit, the Herschel space telescope and the Planck scientific observatory.

You can watch the whole launch via a webcast, and for once, it isn’t happening at stupid o’clock – but at a much more sensible mid-afternoon timeslot.

The webcast starts at 2pm, and the launch is due as soon as possible after that. I think a late lunch is in order.

You can watch the launch live at:

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