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The first Lithuanian satellites in space

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After the spaceship carrying Lithuania's first satellites to space successfully took off, Lithuanian leaders congratulated Lithuanian scientists and residents.

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"This is a historic moment for Lithuania - the first Lithuanian satellites LitSat-1 and LituanicaSat-1 were launched into space. I congratulate the young scientists and all of the people of Lithuania. We are now a space country. It is a crucial step in the development of the new technologies and entering space research," President Dalia Grybauskaite said.

Weighing about 1 kg each, the Lithuanian satellites should orbit at an altitude of 400 km for six months. The launch of the spaceship headed for the International Space Station was postponed on a few occasions

Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius also applauded the success of Lithuania's young scientists.

"We observed an exclusive event this evening - two Lithuanian satellites LitSat-1 and LituanicaSat-1, the first ones in the country's history, were launched into space. This is an enormous achievement of the team of young Lithuanian scientists," the Press Service of the Government quoted the Prime Minister as saying in a press release.

"You make us proud of our country and show the world the big aspirations of our small state. I believe that the first space flight of Lithuanian satellites is just a start of a new path of discoveries, as you are ambitious and believe in yourselves," the press release further reads.

The spaceship made a successful take off from the US NASA flight centre in the Wallops Island, with the first two satellites in the history of Lithuania, namely, LitSat-1 developed at Kaunas University of Technology and Vilnius University's LituanicaSat-1 in its cargo compartment.

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