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NASA launches satellite to track decreasing polar ice

The laser, known as ATLAS (Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System), splits into six beams and fires 10,000 pulses per second to collect very precise measurements for scientists to analyze. The satellite’s orbit will take 91 days before repeating, allowing the device to measure the same locations four times a year, …

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China launches relay satellite to explore Moon’s far side

The satellite, named Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), was carried by a Long March-4C rocket that blasted off at 05:28 from southwest China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). About 25 minutes after liftoff, the satellite separated from the rocket and entered an Earth-Moon transfer orbit …

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China launches new satellite to monitor air pollution

The Gaofen-5 satellite was launched off the back of a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. It was the 274th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket. The satellite, launched as part of its high-resolution Earth observation project, was developed and …

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Navigation satellite INRSS-1I put into orbit, ISRO calls it a success

SRIHARIKOTA: The Indian Space Research Organisation’s navigation satellite INRSS-1I was on Thursday launched by PSLV-C41 from the spaceport in Sriharikota and successfully placed in the designated orbit. PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I Mission blasted off at 4.04 am from the first launchpad at the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre. ISRO officials called it a normal …

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