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Iranian State TV Airs Launch of New Satellite-Carrying Rocket

TEHRAN, Iran—Iranian state TV on Monday aired the launch of the country’s newest satellite-carrying rocket, which it said was able to reach a height of 500 kilometers (310 miles). The footage of the solid-liquid-fueled rocket showed the launch taking place during the daytime in a desert environment. The report did not say when or where the launch happened. The rocket, named Zuljanah for the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the founder of Islam, did not launch a satellite into orbit. The satellite carrier is 25.5 meters (84 feet) long and weighs 52 tons. Iran says its satellite program, like its nuclear activities, is aimed at scientific research and other civilian applications. The United States and other Western countries have long been suspicious of the program because the same technology can be used to develop long-range missiles. Ahmad Hosseini, spokesman for the Defense Ministry’s space department, which oversaw the …

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