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Proton Rocket Lifts Satellite to Orbit

A Proton rocket logged another flawless mission Friday (Eastern Time) with 
the launch of a Russian spacecraft.

Carrying the Express 3-A communications satellite, the Proton lifted off 
into the night sky over the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 8:28 p.m. 
Eastern Daylight Time (Saturday, 00:28 GMT).

The Proton's overcrowded manifest precedes by only weeks what is considered 
by NASA to be the booster's most important mission of the year: delivery of 
the Zvezda service module to the International Space Station (ISS).


Jeff Davis
Muncie, Indiana USA

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