Saturday, February 4, 2012

Iran Launches Small Earth-Watching Satellite Into Orbit: Report

Date: 03 February 2012 Time: 10:53 AM ET
Iranian Satellite, Artist's Conception
Artist's conception of Iran's small Earth-watching satellite "Promise of Science and Industry," a 50-kilogram satellite, which launched into orbit on Feb. 3, 2012 atop Iran's Safir 1-B rocket.
CREDIT: Iranian Space Agency
Iran launched a small Earth-observing satellite into orbit today (Feb. 3), marking the country's first successful mission since a failed attempt to put a monkey in space last year, according to state news reports.
The Iranian Space Agency launched the new "Promise of Science and Industry" satellite into orbit today using a Safir 1-B rocket, according to a translation of a statement posted to the agency's Farsi-language website. Safir means "Ambassador" in Farsi.



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