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By Nicholas Steggall

Laser Relativity Satellite 2 is a passive satellite by the Italian Space Agency.
LARES-1, was launched into orbit on 13 February 2012. It was launched on the first Vega rocket from the ESA Centre Spatiale Guyanais in Kourou, French Guiana. LARES-2 is scheduled for launch on the maiden flight of the Vega C rocket no earlier than July 13.
The main scientific target of the LARES mission is the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect, a predictor of general relativity, with an accuracy of about 1%. LARES 2 may improve the accuracy of the frame-dragging effect measurement.
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