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China Launches Gaofen-4 Earth Observation Satellite
mage shows the Long March3B carrier rocket is launched the Gaofen4 Satellite in Xichang of southwest Chinas Sichuan Province at 12:04 am into the geosynchronous orbit that is nearly 36,000 km above the Earth early Tuesday on December 29, 2015 in Xichang, Sichuan Province of China. China launched the Gaofen project in May 2010 and has listed it as one of the 16 national important projects in science and technology. The first in the system, Gaofen-1, was sent into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia in April 2013. Another four Gaofen satellites were launched in 2014 and 2015.