Iran State TV Says Tehran Launched Rocket Into Space

This photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, shows the launching of Simorgh, or "Phoenix," rocket in an undisclosed location in Iran. Iran on Thursday announced it launched a satellite carrier rocket bearing three devices into space, though it's unclear whether any of the objects entered orbit around the Earth. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

(AP) — Iranian state television says Tehran has launched a rocket with a satellite carrier bearing three devices into space, though it’s unclear if any object entered orbit around the Earth. The state TV report Thursday did not say when the launch was conducted or what devices the carrier brought with it. However, the launch comes amid ongoing negotiations in Vienna over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal. Previous launches have drawn rebukes from the United States. However, officials were silent on whether the launched objects had actually reached orbit. Iran’s space program has suffered a series of setbacks in recent years, including fatal fires and a launchpad rocket explosion.


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