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Iran Launches Observation Satellite

RIA Novosti

11:01 03/02/2012 MOSCOW, February 3 (RIA Novosti) - Iran has successfully launched an observation satellite, Iranian news network Press TV reported on Friday.

The domestically-built Navid (Harbinger) satellite is designed to take pictures of the Earth at low altitudes of 250 to 370 kilometers.

Press TV hailed it as the “first satellite to be completely designed and built by Iranian experts.”

The head of Iran’s Space Agency, Hamid Fazeli, earlier announced plans to establish a “national satellite launch base” in the Islamic republic.

The country launched its first satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009.

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