Monday, February 26, 2007


Iran Launches First Space Rocket

‘State television reports that Iran has successfully launched its first space rocket. Fars news agency quotes the deputy head of Iran’s aerospace research centre, Ali Akbar Golrou, as saying the rocket reached an altitude of 150 kilometres, but did not stay in orbit. [..]

Bahrami, told state television that the rocket was carrying “material intended for research created by the ministries of science and defense.” Bahrami added, “All the tests [prior to the launch] have been carried out in the country’s industrial facilities in line with international regulations.” [..]

The announcement of the rocket launch comes at a time of growing tension between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program. [..]’

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