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Venezuela launches satellite

Sept. 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM   |   Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Venezuela Saturday launched its second-ever satellite into space, officials said.

The satellite, named Miranda, was launched from and made in China, and cost approximately $140 million, RIA Novosti reported.

Miranda will be used to help authorities track various natural phenomena, and will also be used for agricultural purposes.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Jorge Arreaza said the satellite will transmit about 350 pictures daily -- or nearly 128,000 per year.

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