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China launches Haiyang oceanography satellite

1 month ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

A Long March 4B rocket lifts off Sept. 21 from the Jiuquan launch base in northwestern China. Credit: Xinhua
A Chinese oceanography satellite designed to measure wave height and winds launched Monday aboard a Long March 4B rocket equipped with grid fins to help control the first stage's descent back to Earth, an improvement aimed at keeping falling boosters away from Chinese villages.
The Haiyang 2C oceanography satellite lifted off at 0540 GMT Monday from the Juiquan launch base in the Gobi Desert of northwestern China. A three-stage, liquid-fueled Long March 4B rocket carried the Haiyang...
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