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VRSS-1 Beams Back First Images
SOURCE: China Space News     UPDATED: 2012-10-15
BEIJING, Oct. 12 (China Space News) — The Venezuelan satellite VRSS-1 captured its first picture of Venezuela on Sept. 30 and sent the image back to Earth the next day.

VRSS-1 was launched on a Long March-2D carrier rocket on Sept. 29 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China.

The satellite contains two panchromatic multispectral cameras and two wide-coverage cameras, which were both developed by an institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

According to CASC, the multispectral cameras onboard are superior to other domestic and foreign cameras of the same type in spectral band, coverage, dynamic range, and size.

The images beamed back by VRSS-1 will be used to help Venezuela's land resources inspections, environmental protection, disaster detection and urban planning.