China launches 2nd satellite built for Venezuela
(AP)—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.
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.
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