XICHANG, March 31, 2015 - Photo taken on March 30, 2015 shows the Long March-3C rocket carrying a new-generation satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) and the moon after the rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest China's Sichuan Province. China launched a new-generation satellite into space for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network at 9:52 p.m. Beijing Time Monday. It is the 17th satellite for the BDS. The launch marked the beginning of expanding the regional BDS to global coverage.

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A Long March-3C rocket carrying a new-generation satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is ready for launch at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest China's Sichuan Province, March 30 2015.

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