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China launches new-generation marine satellite
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The Long March-2C carrier rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. /CMG
The Long March-2C carrier rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. /CMG

The Long March-2C carrier rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. /CMG

China on Thursday sent a new-generation ocean color monitoring satellite into space to help improve the understanding of marine waters.

The satellite was launched by a Long March-2C carrier rocket at 11:55 a.m. (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, and it later successfully entered the planned orbit.

Developed by China Academy of Space Technology, the satellite is the world's first high-precision ocean water color observation satellite targeting various water bodies with multiple detection methods.

It can carry out continuous dynamic monitoring of the oceans and the waters near the coasts, islands and ports in multiple aspects such as water color, temperature, sea ice, suspended substance, water ecological environment and other elements, providing remote sensing information service for the sea routes, key ports and frequent locations in the sea.

The launch was the 497th flight mission to use the Long March carrier rocket series.

(With input from Xinhua)

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