AMS 23 communications satellite launch

AMS 23 communications satellite launch

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Caption: AMS 23 communications satellite launch. The satellite is inside the top part of the rocket, with a Proton-M booster rocket stage below it. The rocket was used to launch the satellite into orbit around the Earth. AMS 23 (previously called Worldsat 3), is a US geostationary communications satellite weighing 5 tonnes. It was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazahkstan, on 29 December 2005. Its geostationary orbit allows it to stay in position over the Asia-Pacific region, providing voice, video and internet service.

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Keywords: 2006, 21st century, american, ams 23, asia-pacific, baikonur, communications, communications satellite, geostationary, kazakhstan, launch pad, novosti, proton-m, rocket, rocketry, satellite, space flight, spaceflight, technological, technology, us, worldsat 3

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