China successfully launched Ziyuan 3, its first high-resolution geological mapping satellite for civil purposes, Jan. 9 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

The satellite was lofted aboard a Long March 4B rocket that also carried a satellite from Luxembourg, Xinhua said. It previously reported that Ziyuan 3 will “conduct surveys on land resources, help with natural disaster-reduction and prevention and lend assistance to farming, water conservation, urban planning and other sectors.”


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