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China launches Earth-observing satellites, solar sail experiment

12 September 2019

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Two Earth-imaging satellites and an experimental solar sail payload rocketed into orbit Thursday aboard a Chinese Long March 4B launcher, the first flight for China's Long March 4 rocket family since an upper stage failure in May.

The liquid-fueled Long March 4B rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan space centre in northern China's Shanxi province at 0326 GMT Thursday (11:26 p.m. EDT Wednesday), according to state media reports.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: CCTV - A Long March 4B rocket lifted off Thursday from the Taiyuan space center in China.