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Inside Venezuela's Mission Control


Venezuela is launching its first satellite in an attempt to join the space race.

The "Simon Bolivar" satellite will lift off from China - but Mission Control is in El Sombrero, five hours outside Caracas.

Alfonso Daniels was given rare access inside the control centre, where he spoke to Luis Holder, the programme director.


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