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Kosmos rocket launches military satellite
Posted: Wed, Apr 28, 2010, 7:39 AM ET (1139 GMT)
Kosmos 3M launch (ESA) A Russian Kosmos rocket placed a military navigation satellite into orbit on Tuesday. The Kosmos-3M rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 10:08 pm EDT Monday (0208 GMT, 6:08 am Moscow time Tuesday) and placed the Kosmos 2463 satellite into low Earth orbit. The purpose of the satellite wasn't identified in Russian media reports, but is believed to be a Parus-class military navigation satellite. The launch is expected to be one of the last for the Kosmos-3M booster, which dates back to the 1960s, before it is retired by the end of this year.
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