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Integral launched on-board a Proton on 17 October 2002
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Integral launched on-board a Proton on 17 October 2002

January 7, 2013
The Proton rocket is Russia's largest operational launch vehicle. A powerful launcher is essential to put the heavy spacecraft into an unusually high Earth orbit which is crucial for the scientific success of the mission. Copyright: ESA. Illustration by D. Ducros