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Soyuz rocket blasts off from French Guiana

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Soyuz rocket blasts off from French Guiana

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A Soyuz rocket blasted off from French Guiana on the north east coast of South America on Friday, the second launch of its kind.

The Russian-built spacecraft is carrying six satellites including a Chilean earth observation satellite.

The Chilean satellite will carry out mapping duties and monitor agriculture and natural resources.

The other five, including Pleiades 1, another observation satellite, will gather electronic intelligence for the French military.

The previous Soyuz launch in October carried the first of two satellites for the EU’s Galileo navigation system.