State Media: China Launches 2nd Satellite for Venezuela
China launched a second satellite for the Venezuelan government Saturday, state media reported, days before President Hugo Chavez runs for re-election.
The observation satellite named Miranda launched from the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu.
It is Venezuela’s second satellite in orbit, according to the Venezuela State News Agency, AVN.
The first one — a telecommunications satellite — was launched by China in 2008. It is named after Venezuelan independence hero, Simon Bolivar, the news agency said.
President Hugo Chavez, along with cabinet members and the Chinese ambassador to Venezuela, watched the latest launch from his palace in Caracas.
Hours before it launched, Chavez showed up at a plaza in the heart of the capital, surprising a crowd gathered to watch the satellite on giant public screens.