TAIYUAN, Aug. 19, 2014 - A Long March-4B carrier rocket carrying the Gaofen-2 satellite blasts off from the launch pad at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province, Aug. 19, 2014. China successfully launched Gaofen-2, a high-definition Earth observation satellite, into orbit on Tuesday, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). It is China's most advanced high-definition Earth observation satellite, and is able to see a one-meter-long object in full color. It will be used for geographic and resources surveys, environment and climate change monitoring, precision agriculture, disaster relief and city planning.

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A Long March-4B carrier rocket carrying the Gaofen-2 satellite flies in the sky in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province, Aug. 19, 2014.

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