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China Sends Scientific Satellite Into Space to Study Microgravity

Sputnik News

08:15 06.04.2016(updated 10:34 06.04.2016)

On Wednesday, China launched a retrievable scientific research satellite atop a Long March 2-D rocket; it will conduct 19 experiments to study the effects of microgravity, the state news agency reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to Xinhua news agency, China sent the SJ-10 satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert atop a Long March 2-D rocket.

The satellite is bullet-shaped and will carry out 19 experiments while in orbit related to fluid physics, microgravity combustion, the effects of space radiation, the biological effects of microgravity, space material and space bio-technology.

"All experiments conducted on SJ-10 are completely new ones that have never been done before either at home or abroad. They could lead to key breakthroughs in our academic research," Hu Wenrui, chief scientist of the SJ-10 mission told Xinhua.

The SJ-10 satellite is the second of four launched under a Chinese Academy of Sciences program, but the only one that is retrievable.


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