Iran launched a homemade satellite into earth orbit on Wednesday. The satellite, called Rasad, was launched successfully by a Safir rocket. This is Iran’s second successful launch of a satellite into orbit. The first, Omid, was launched in 2009. Iran has expressed a goal of putting a man in orbit within 10 years.
Rasad weights 15.3 kilogram (34 pounds) and has been designed to orbit the earth 15 times a day at the height of 260 kilometers (160 miles).
Photo: The launch of Rasad / Al-Alam TV