The satellite was successfully launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, located 1,600 km away from Beijing, on the north western side of the Gobi Desert.

 The satellite Yaogan XX was launched along with a Long March 4C carrier rocket. The rocket was blasted off around 1.45 p.m. on Sunday and successfully placed in scheduled orbit.

 The main aim of this satellite launch is to survey and monitor crops and to provide useful information to prevent or reduce natural disasters, the centre told. The Yaogan XX satellite is also expected to facilitate the scientific experiments that the country's researchers will carry out in the near future.

 China's first space program took place in October 1956, when the Fifth Academy of the Ministry of National Defense (the first rocket research organization of the country) was established. 

 This is the 190th mission in China's Long March rocket family.

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