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Review of 2016 Space Year.

85 rocket-carries were launched in 2016. 83 launches were successful. There were 2 fail launches in 2016.

USA performed 22 launches.

China performed 22 launches. One of them was a fail launch.

Russia performed 17 launches. One of them was a fail launch.

Arianespace performed 11 launches (including 2 Russian rockets)

India performed 7 launches.

Japan performed 4 launches.

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China launched Earth observation satellites.

On December 28, 2016 at 03:23 UTC the “Long March – 2D” (“Changzheng-2D”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The rocket orbited two “Gaojing-1” Earth observation satellites. The satellites are designed to collect optical black-and-white imagery with a resolution of less than 50 centimeters, making them the highest-resolution civilian Earth-observing satellites launched by China. But the two-stage launcher did not put the “Gaojing-1” satellites into the expected orbit, raising concerns among outside observers that the “Long March-2D” rocket ran into problems. The rocket also carried a small amateur radio satellites made by Beijing high school students.

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American astronaut Piers Sellers passed away.

American astronaut Piers John Sellers, veteran of three space shuttle missions, died on December 23, 2016. He was 61.

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