Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA
Payload: EchoStar 17 & MSG 3
Date: July 5, 2012
Time: 2136 GMT (5:36 p.m. EDT)
Window: 29 minutes
Site: ELA-3, Guina Space Center, Kourou French Guiana

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By Stephen Clark

Welcome to Spaceflight Now's live coverage of the Ariane 5 rocket launching the EchoStar 17 broadband Internet satellite and Europe's MSG 3 weather observatory. Text updates will appear automatically; there is no need to reload the page. Follow us on Twitter.

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