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China launches new mapping satellite

05-06-2012 19:22 BJT

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China has successfully launched its Tianhui I-02 mapping satellite. The satellite was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu province on Sunday. It has entered its preset orbit.

The satellite will mainly be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land resource surveys and map territory. Remote sensing information and test results from the satellite will boost both the country’s scientific research and economic development.

The mission marked the 161st launch for the Long March rocket family since 1970.

A Long March 2D carrier rocket carrying Tianhui I-02 mapping satellite blasts off
from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu
Province, May 6, 2012. The satellite has entered its preset orbit. The satellite,
developed and produced by a company under the China Aerospace Science and Technology
Corporation (CASC), will mainly be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out
land resource surveys and map territory, according to a statement released after the
launch. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

A Long March 2D carrier rocket carrying Tianhui I-02 mapping satellite blasts off
from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu
Province, May 6, 2012.  (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

A Long March 2D carrier rocket carrying Tianhui I-02 mapping
satellite blasts off from the launch pad at the  (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

A Long March 2D carrier rocket carrying Tianhui I-02 mapping satellite blasts off
from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu
Province, May 6, 2012. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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