A Proton Breeze M rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday night, carrying the Eutelsat Hot Bird 8 broadcast satellite. The rocked lifted off at 2148 GMT (5:48 pm EDT), and released its satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit about 9 hours later. Hot Bird 8 will provide broadcast television to customers in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

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