BEIJING - China launched a land exploration satellite into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert of the country's northwest at 3:10 p.m. Saturday.
The satellite is the fourth of its kind and mainly used for exploration of land resources by remote sensing.
A Long March-2D rocket carried the satellite into space.
The launch was the 268th mission of the Long March rocket series. (Xinhua)