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China launches high-resolution Gaofen-14 Earth observation satellite

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As Chang’e 5 continues to make headlines for its exploits on and around the moon, China continues to launch rockets back on Earth.

The Gaofen-14 Earth observation satellite was successfully sent into orbit by a Long March 3B from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the hills of Sichuan province at 10:58 p.m. EST Dec. 5 (11:58 a.m. local time and 0358 GMT on Sunday, Dec. 6). The mission did drop some large pieces of debris back to Earth from the inland launch site. 



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