ESA Launches Galileo GPS Satellites

KOUROU, FRENCH GUIANA – OCTOBER 12: In this handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Soyuz rocket lifts off for the third time from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place the second pair of Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites into orbit, on October 12, 2012 in Kourou, French Guiana. Galileo will become fully operational by 2020 and intends to give Europe full independence from the US, Russian and Chinese controlled GPS systems. (Photo by S. Corvaja /ESA via Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 154219413

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