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China launches spy satellite capable of capturing images through clouds
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China launches spy satellite capable of capturing images through clouds

  China has launched a mysterious spy satellite that "monitors land, crop yields and natural disasters" but could also gather military intelligence, according to some analysts. The Yaogan 33 satellite lifted off alongside China's Long March 4C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on Sept. This was the 35th successful launch by the East Asian space power this year. The US Space Force has captured two new objects in orbit associated with the launch of Jiuquan: the new satellite in one orbit and the upper stage of Long March 4C orbiting in a lower orbit. Little is known about Yaogan 33, a new classified series of remote sensing satellites. China says the spacecraft will be used for "scientific experiments, census of national land resources, harvest es...