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This hand out picture taken on May 6, 2013 shows Europe's lightweight rocket, Vega, taking off from Kourou space base in French Guiana late on May 6 for the first mission, webcast live, since its maiden flight in February last year. The rocket lifted off at 0206 GMT on May 7, carrying two small Earth-observation satellites and a microsatellite. According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the 140-kilogramme (300-pound) Proba-V satellite is designed to map vegetation cover as an aid to monitor crops and predict famines. AFP PHOTO / ESA / STEPHANE CORVAJA
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06 May 2013
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