LISA Pathfinder lifting off on VV06.
Liftoff of Vega VV06 carrying LISA Pathfinder on 3 December 2015 from Europe's Spaceport, French Guiana. The satellite was placed in a low-earth transfer orbit. From there, LISA Pathfinder will use it's own propulsion module in a series of low-earth orbital maneuvers ("slingshot maneuvers") to reach the velocity necessary to reach operational orbit around Lagrange point L1.
High resolution image at ESA website: https://sci.esa.int/web/lisa-pathfinder/-/57003-liftoff-of-vega-vv06-car...
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ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2015