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Iran Goes to Space with First Successful Satellite Launcher Test

Early this morning Iran launched its first rocket into space. It was part of a test of a satellite launcher that will soon send Iran's first satellite into space sometime next year. You can hear a countdown and see the rocket zooming up into the sky in this clip from local TV. In an odd homage to the U.S. space program of yore, the launcher is named Kavoshgar-1, which means Explorer-1, the name of the first U.S. satellite. Iranian authorities say the country's space program is for peaceful, scientific endeavors. Char, Se, Doe, Yek BLAST OFF [Knight Science Journalism News Tracker]

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annaleenewitz
Annalee Newitz

@Ryan.H: Honestly, this launcher is for satellites. I'd be less worried about missiles launching from it than surveillance satellites.