On This Day In Space: April 24, 1970: China launches its 1st satellite

On April 24, 1970, China became the fifth nation to independently launch a satellite into orbit. 

Dong Fang Hong I was the first of a series of satellites the China National Space Administration launched under the Dong Fang Hong space satellite program. It lifted off on a Long March 1 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. 

Related: China’s Long March rocket family: History and photos

Long March 1: The first Long March 1 rocket on the pad at Jiuquan in 1970. (Image credit: CALT)

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