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Ariane Rocket Heads For International Space Station

A European Ariane rocket has blasted off from French Guiana carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), space officials said.

The unmanned vessel is designed to deliver fuel, food, clothing, and oxygen to the ISS crew, as well as spare parts.

The cargo vessel is scheduled to dock with the ISS on March 28 and remain attached until August.

The rocket is placing in orbit an unmanned cargo ship named the "Edoardo Amaldi" in honor of a 20th-century Italian physicist
regarded as one of the fathers of European spaceflight.

It will then undock and be commanded to deorbit and burn up during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

With Reuters and AP reporting