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Russia launches military satellite
Posted: Sat, Nov 21, 2009, 10:22 AM ET (1522 GMT)
A Soyuz rocket launched an unspecified military satellite on Friday. The Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 5:44 am EST (1044 GMT) Friday and placed a spacecraft identified as Kosmos 2455 into an elliptical, inclined orbit. Russian officials provided no details about the spacecraft's mission other than that it is a military spacecraft, although Western observers speculate that it is the first in a series of next-generation electronic reconnaissance satellites.
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