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China launches mapping satellite

Oct. 26

 China successfully sent the Tianhui-1C mapping satellite into orbit at 3:10 p.m. Monday from Jiuquan satellite launch center in the northwestern province of Gansu.

The satellite was aboard a Long March 2D carrier rocket, the 215th launch of the Long March series carrier rockets, according China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASTC), the producer of the rocket.

Designed by a subsidiary of the CASTC, Tianhui-1C is the third satellite in the Tianhui-1 series and will be used for scientific experiments, land resource surveys, mapping, crop yield estimation and disaster relief.