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China Launches Remote-sensing Satellite
    UPDATED: 2011-11-10
TAIYUAN, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched the remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XII Wednesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern Shanxi province, according to a press release from the center.

The satellite was sent into space aboard a Long March 4B carrier rocket at 11:21 a.m. Beijing Time, according to the center.

The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out surveys on land resources, estimate crop yield and help with natural disaster-reduction and prevention.

Also hitching a ride on the rocket was the satellite Tianxun I, which will be used to carry out technological verification tests, according to the center.

Source: Xinhua