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China to launch "Yaogan VIII" remote-sensing satellite

2009-12-14 08:33 BJT

TAIYUAN, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- China will launch a remote-sensing satellite, " Yaogan VIII" in the coming days from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province, the center said Sunday.

The satellite would be sent into the space aboard a Long March 4C carrier rocket, the center said.

Also on board is China's first public-welfare mini satellite, "Hope I," which will be used for the country's young people to experience aerospace science and technology.

Currently, the satellites and the rocket are in good condition, according to the center.

Its predecessor, "Yaogan VII," was launched Wednesday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu Province.

Editor: Zheng Limin | Source: Xinhua