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China launches earth observation satellite

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China launches high-definition earth observation satellite

BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhua) -- China sent high-definition earth observation satellite "Gaofen 1" into space shortly after noon on Friday, marking the start of a program that will substantially improve its capabilities in disaster relief, resources and environment survey.

The satellite unfolded its solar panel in orbit at 12:39 p.m. after its carrier -- a Long March-2D rocket -- was launched from northwest China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 12:13 p.m. Beijing time, announced the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

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