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China launches remote sensing satellite

Updated: Dec 27,2014 2:49 PM     Xinhua

A Long March-4B rocket carrying the Yaogan-26 remote sensing satellite blasts off from the launchpad at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of North China’s Shanxi province, Dec 27, 2014. Yaogan satellites are mainly used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief. [Photo/Xinhua]

TAIYUAN — China launched the Yaogan-26 remote sensing satellite into the preset orbit at 11:22 am on Dec 27 Beijing Time from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China’s Shanxi province.

The satellite will mainly be used for scientific experiments, land surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster prevention.

It was carried by a Long March-4B rocket, marking the 202nd mission for the Long March rocket family.

China launched the first satellite in the “Yaogan” series, Yaogan-1, in 2006.

A Long March-4B rocket carrying the Yaogan-26 remote sensing satellite blasts off from the launchpad at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of North China’s Shanxi province, Dec 27, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

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