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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Not really anymore. Who'd want to wade into that mess? Besides, the Iraqis are Arabs and the Iranians are Persians. It might not seem like a big deal, but I wouldn't want to call an Arab, a Persian or visa versa as neither group likes each other all that much for various reasons.
Iran's mullahs aren't really big on exporting their revolution because it costs too much and they're having a hard enough time with their own nation and economy (which is getting worse.) Oil is the only thing keeping their economy afloat.
Heh. Yeah, Israel is a target, but so is Cairo, Riyadh, Oman, Ankara, etc.