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China launches communication satellite "Zhongxing-20A"

11-25-2010 13:45 BJT

XICHANG, Sichuan, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched a communications satellite, "Zhongxing-20A", at 12:09 a.m. Thursday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

"Zhongxing-20A" would help improve the country's radio and television broadcasts, said a statement from the center.

The satellite was sent by a Long March 3A rocket into the preset orbit.

It was the 135th launch of China's Long March series of rockets since April 24, 1970, when a Long March-1 rocket successfully sent China's first satellite, Dongfanghong-1, into space.

Long March 3A carrier rocket , carrying "Zhongxing-20A"
communication satellite, blasts off at the Xichang
SatelliteLaunch Center in Xichang, southwest China's
Sichuan Province, No
v. 25, 2010. The satellite was
successfully put in the predetermined orbit on Nov. 25.
(Xinhua/Wang Yulei)

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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