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China launches new satellite for violent cosmic phenomena observation
SOURCE: CASC     UPDATED: 2024-01-12

China sent a new astronomical satellite into space on Tuesday to observe mysterious transient phenomena in the universe comparable to the flickering of fireworks, with the aim of unveiling the violent and little-known aspects of the cosmos.

The satellite, named Einstein Probe (EP), uses a new X-ray detection technology inspired by the lobster eye. It was launched at 3:03 p.m. (Beijing Time) by a Long March-2C carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The launch was the 506th mission for the Long March series carrier rockets.