Mon, April 30, 2012
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China launches two navigation satellites

2012-04-30 01:12:18 GMT2012-04-30 09:12:18(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The Long March-3B rocket carrying two satellites blasts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang,southwest China's Sichuan Province,on April 30,2012.(Xinhua/Tao Ming)

The Long March-3B rocket carrying two satellites blasts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on April 30, 2012. China successfully launched two satellites into space Monday morning, the 12th and 13th of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system, the launch center said. (Xinhua/Tao Ming)

Technicians work at the control center of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on April 30, 2012. China Monday morning successfully launched two satellites from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center into space with a Long March-3B carrier rocket, the 12th and 13th of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system, the launch center said. (Xinhua/Tao Ming)

XICHANG, Sichuan, April 30 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched two satellites into space at 4:50 a.m. Beijing Time Monday, the 12th and 13th satellites for its Beidou global navigation and positioning network, the launch center said.

The satellites, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan Province, was boosted by a Long March-3B carrier rocket.

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