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Russia launches military satellite
Posted: Sun, Dec 9, 2007, 9:33 AM ET (1433 GMT)
Proton launch (file photo) A Proton rocket launched a Russian military satellite early Sunday. The Proton-M rocket lifted from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7:16 pm EST Saturday (0016 GMT Sunday) and placed the Kosmos-2434 satellite into its designated orbit, believed to be geosynchronous orbit, several hours later. Few details about the spacecraft were released beyond that it will serve the Russian military; some Western analysts believe it may be a military communications satellite.
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