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Russia launches weather satellite using "ecologically safe" fuel

01-21-2011 09:13 BJT

MOSCOW, Jan 20 (Xinhua) -- Russia launched a weather satellite, Electro-L, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Itar-Tass news agency reported Thursday.

Roskomsos, the nation's space agency, said fuel burned to boost the rocket was safe for the environment.

Russian and Kazakh environmental groups have repeatedly warned that remains of the fuel would contaminate the land.

The 1766kg Electro-L has been placed on a geosynchronous orbit where it is scheduled to stay for the next 10 years.

It was Russia's first space launch for 2011.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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