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The Proton rocket lifted off with the ASTRA 2G satellite at 2137 GMT (4:37 p.m. EST) Saturday. The powerful launcher blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2137:49 GMT (4:37 p.m. EST) Saturday and climbed into mostly clear skies over the barren plains of Central Asia.

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