On June 27, 2011 at 16:00 UTC the "Soyuz-U” rocket-carrier was launched from Russian Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The rocket orbited a top secret Russian photo reconnaissance satellite named "Kosmos-2472”.
The spacecraft is likely a Kobalt M reconnaissance satellite carrying a camera to snap photos of military installations, troop movements and other sites of interest around the world. High-resolution cameras on Kobalt satellites capture images of locations around the world. Kobalt spacecraft reportedly carry canisters to return film to Earth during the satellite's mission, which will last at least several months.
This mission is the 28th space launch to successfully reach orbit in 2011. It is the eighth launch of a Soyuz rocket this year, and it is the fourth launcg from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome since January.
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