Iran TV: Domestic satellite 'completes mission'

March 19, 2009 16:03


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Iran's state-run television said the country's first domestically-made satellite sent into orbit last month, has successfully completed its mission. There were no details on what exactly the satellite did in space, but TV quoted space expert Asghar Ebrahimi as saying the satellite, Omid or Hope, will re-enter the earth's atmosphere within the next 38 days. Iran sent the communication satellite into orbit Feb. 2, using an Iranian rocket, a key step for an ambitious space program that has worried the US and other world powers. The same rocket technology used to launch satellites can also deliver warheads. Iran has lofty space goals including putting a man into orbit within 10 years.

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