Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space
July 28, 2017
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, the country's state media reported Thursday, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle.
A confirmed launch of the "Simorgh" rocket would mark another step forward for the Islamic Republic's young space program, but is likely to raise alarm among its adversaries, who fear the same technology could be used to produce long-range missiles.
The U.S. State Department called the launch "provocative."
Iranian state television said the rocket, whose name means "phoeni...