CHINESE MAPPING: China will launch its first high-resolution, stereoscopic, civilian mapping satellite in the second half of 2011 while working on a follow-on series. A Long March 4B rocket will carry the ZY-3 satellite into orbit from the Taiyuan launch center. The State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping says the spacecraft will be used to help prevent disasters and reduce their effects, conserve water, and support agriculture, forestry and urban planning, among other functions. ZY stands for ...

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