Print This Page Email This Page
China Launches 1st Breeding Satellite

China launched a satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Saturday, carrying 215 kilograms of seeds of plants and fungus, the largest-ever such payload since 1987.


The seed-breeding satellite, "Shijian-8", has been successfully brought into the pre-set track in space by a Long March-2C rocket carrier.


Once the space-bred seeds are recovered, the Ministry of Agriculture will organize research institutions to develop new seeds featuring high yield, good quality and high efficiency, according to a spokesman with the Space-breeding Center of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science.


It is the 90th space flight of the Long March rockets and the 23rd return satellite China has launched so far. It has been the country's 48th successful space launch in succession since October 1996.


The Xi'an Satellite Control Center is responsible for monitoring, controlling, and recovering the Shijian-8.


(Xinhua News Agency September 11, 2006)

Related Stories
- China's Third Navigation Satellite Successfully Positioned
- Latest Satellite Reaches for the Stars
- Two Satellites to Be Launched to Improve Spacecraft Safety
- China to Launch Three More Satellites with Brazil
- China to Launch New Communications Satellite
- New Oceanic Satellite to Be Put Into Orbit

Print This Page Email This Page
'Tomorrow Plan' Helps Disabled Orphans
First Chinese Volunteers Head for South America
East China City Suspends Controversial Chemical Project Amid Pollution Fears
Second-hand Smoke a 'Killer at Large'
Private Capital Flows to Developing Countries Hit New Record in 2006
Survey: Most of China's Disabled Not Financially Independent

Product Directory
China Search
Country Search
Hot Buys