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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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