Earth Observation Mission News
China launches satellites for Saudi Arabia
07 December 2018
Two Saudi Arabian Earth observation satellites and 10 small secondary payloads rode a Long March 2D rocket into orbit Friday from the Jiuquan space base in China's northwestern Inner Mongolia region, hours before the launch of a Chinese lunar probe targeting the first soft landing on the far side of the moon.
The Long March 2D rocket lifted off at 0412 GMT Friday (11:12 p.m. EST Thursday) from Jiuquan, carrying the 12 satellites into a low Earth orbit a few hundred miles above the planet.
Source: Spaceflight Now
Image credit: CGWIC - A Chinese Long March 2D rocket lifts off Friday.