A Long March 2D carrier rocket carrying Chuangxin 1-02 and Shiyan Satellite 3 blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, on Nov. 5, 2008. The launch was the 112th of China's Long March series of rockets. (Xinhua Photo)
JIUQUAN, Gansu, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday morning put two satellites into orbit after they were successfully launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
Chuangxin 1-02 and Shiyan Satellite 3 were launched
on a Long March 2D carrier rocket.
The smaller satellite, the Chuangxin 1-02, developed
by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will be used to collect and relay
hydrological and meteorological data and data for disaster relief.
The Shiyan Satellite 3 will be used for experiments
on new technologies in atmospheric exploration, according to its main developer,
the Harbin Institute of Technology.
The launch was the 112th of China's Long March series