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China launches remote-sensing satellite
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2014-08-11

JIUQUAN, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday sent a remote-sensing satellite into scheduled orbit.

The Yaogan XX satellite blasted off at 1:45 p.m. on the back of a Long March 4C carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the country's northwestern gobi desert, according to the center's statement.

The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, monitor crop yields and aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters, the center said.

The launch marked the 190th mission for the nation's Long March rocket family.