First Solar Exploration Satellite Launched By China

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20 October 2021 Current Affairs:China has triumphantly launched its 1st solar exploration satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. 

♦ It is in northern Shanxi Province aboard a Long March-2D rocket.
♦ The satellite was named ‘Xihe’, the goddess of the sun who created the calendar in ancient Chinese mythology.
♦ It is also known as the Chinese Hα Solar Explorer (CHASE). 
♦ The satellite was finished by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
♦ The satellite launched a Long March-2D rocket and entered its planned orbit. 
♦ Ten small satellites were also sent using the same carrier rocket.


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