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Man-Made Satellites:From Dongfanghong to Beidou
UPDATED: October 15, 2010 NO. 49 DECEMBER 5, 1975
China Successfully Launches Another Man-Made Earth Satellite

China successfully launched another man-made earth satellite on November 26, 1975, under the guidance of Chairman Mao's revolutionary line, on the basis of the victory in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and the movement to criticize Lin Piao and Confucius and in the excellent situation marked by consistent new victories in socialist revolution and construction.

The satellite makes one complete revolution round the earth in 91 minutes along a trajectory the perigee of which is 173 kilometres and the apogee 483 kilometres; the angle of its orbit to the equator plane is 63 degrees.

The successful launching of the satellite is a fresh achievement made by the whole Party, the whole army and the people of the whole country, under the leadership of the Party Central Committee headed by Chairman Mao, in taking class struggle as the key link, firmly implementing the series of important instructions of Chairman Mao's including those on studying the theory and combating and preventing revisionism, on promoting stability and unity and on pushing the national economy forward, and grasping revolution, promoting production and other work and preparedness against war.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the State Council and the Military Commission of the CPC.Central Committee extend warm congratulations to the workers, commanders and fighters of the People's Liberation Army, scientific workers, engineers and technicians, revolutionary cadres and militiamen who have been engaged in the research, manufacture and launching of the satellite and the other people concerned.

(Xinhua News Agency November 26, 1975)

[The man-made earth satellite China launched on November 26 has returned to earth as scheduled after orbiting the earth normally, according to a Xinhua News Agency report on December 2.]

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