Venezuela: Venezuela’s second remote sensing satellite has been launched by China. Satellite Miranda was launched from the north-western Chinese province of Gansu.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez congratulated those who worked on the project. According to officials around USD 14 million have been spent on the satellite. Images delivered by Miranda will used for mapping croplands, counter-drug efforts and monitoring floods.
The launch came more than a week ahead of Venezuela”s October 7 presidential election, in which Chavez is seeking another six-year term.