China deployed two research satellites early Saturday in a super-secret launch from a space center in the northeastern part of the country. So that's a nice series of launches for this year!
The two spacecraft blasted off on a Long March 4B rocket at 0115 GMT Saturday from the Taiyuan launch site in Shanxi province in northeastern China, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
The liquid-fueled three-stage rocket boosted the satellites to a sun-synchronous orbit about 370 miles high. The mission was the 53rd space launch to reach orbit so far this year, and the sixth successful launch for China in 2008.