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Now astronauts can talk to Earth via newly launched NASA satellite

The satellite will support critical space communication into the mid-2020s, NASA said in a statement

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Space Center in Florida | Photo: Shutterstock

today launched the latest in a series of satellites aimed at ensuring at the International Space Station can communicate with

The $408 million Boeing-made Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) soared into space atop an Atlas V that launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:29 am (1229 GMT).

The satellite will "support critical space into the mid-2020s," said in a statement.

The satellite will facilitate space-to-ground for NASA's low-operations, "ensuring scientists, engineers and control room staff can readily access data for missions like the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station."

TDRS-M is the last of 13 such satellites that have been launched since 1983.

An antenna on the satellite was damaged last month at a processing facility in Titusville, Florida. The satellite was repaired, but the mishap set the launch back by about two weeks.

First Published: Fri, August 18 2017. 20:20 IST