In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a rocket carrying Venezuelan satellite VRSS-1, a remote sensing satellite, lifts off at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. China launched the second satellite built for Venezuela's government. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Nie Jianjiang) NO SALES
China launches 2nd satellite built for Venezuela
The associated press
First Published Sep 29 2012 11:59 am • Last Updated Sep 29 2012 11:59 am
Caracas, Venezuela • China has launched a second satellite built for Venezuela’s government.
The remote sensing satellite soared into orbit atop a rocket from the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu.
The launch was shown live on Venezuelan TV on Friday night. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez applauded as he watched alongside aides in Caracas, congratulating those who worked on the project.
Officials have said the satellite cost $140 million and will provide images for tasks such as mapping croplands, counter-drug efforts and monitoring floods.
The launch came more than a week ahead of Venezuela’s Oct. 7 presidential election, in which Chavez is seeking another six-year term.
The satellite is named after Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda.
Venezuela’s first satellite was named after independence leader Simon Bolivar. It was launched from China in 2008.
Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
About Reader Comments
Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account
. See more about comments here.