First Solar Exploration Satellite Launched By China
♦ 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.