Pléiades 1B Thunders to Orbit Atop Soyuz Rocket

Photo Credit: ESA-CNES-Arianespace/CSG S. Martin

Arianespace successfully launched a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 11:02 p.m. local time. Its payload, the Pléiades 1B observation satellite, was placed into orbit shortly thereafter for the French space agency, CNES.