A Long March-2D carrier rocket carrying the Yaogan-24 remote sensing satellite blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu province, Nov 20, 2014. (Xinhua/Ren Long)
I saw this photo of the same Long March rocket carrying the same remote sensing satellite as the one I saw a couple of days ago and I'm thinking something is not quite kosher because while this launch was during the day, the other one was at night. Turns out it was two different satellites, Yaogan-23 and Yaogan-24, launched from two different launch sites about 600 miles apart. The are not far from Russia's new launch site (12-1500 miles), globally speaking.