Iran launches new research rocket into space

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, gestures towards a model of Iran's new domestically-built light booster rocket, named Simorgh, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has unveiled a domestically-built satellite booster rocket, part of an ambitious space program that has worried Western powers because they fear the same technology used to launch satellites could also deliver warheads. (AP Photo) (AP Photo)

February 3, 2010 6:00:52 AM PST
Iran announced Wednesday it has successfully launched a 10-foot-long research rocket carrying a mouse, two turtles and worms into space - a feat President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said showed Iran could defeat the West in the battle of technology.

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