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Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket launching for 1st time ever today.

Europe's new heavy-lift Ariane 6 rocket is set to make its long-delayed debut today (July 9).

If all goes according to plan, the Ariane 6 will launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on Tuesday during a four-hour window that opens at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).

You can watch the launch live here at Space.com, courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA); coverage will begin 30 minutes before liftoff.

The Ariane 6, which is operated by the French company Arianespace on behalf of ESA, will replace the venerable Ariane 5, which retired last year after 117 flights over nearly three decades.

The Ariane 6 has been in development for nearly a decade. It was originally scheduled to debut in 2020, but technical issues and outside problems such as the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine pushed the timeline back multiple times.

Europe has high hopes for the new launcher, which is expected to be flying nine to 12 times per year by 2026.

Source: www.space.com

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