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Relay satellite rescued and placed into orbit

The $100 million relay satellite that NASA almost gave up as lost in space 12 weeks ago reached its planned orbit 22,236 miles high. The unprecedented rescue operation took 58 days.

A six-minute firing of two control rockets with nozzles the size of a thimble made the final adjustment of the orbit. The firing synchronized the satellite's orbital speed with Earth's rotation, leaving the spacecraft parked in orbit over Brazil.

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