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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran unveiled its first major space center Monday and launched a research rocket, state-run television reported.
The report said the rocket was launched into space, but analysts have expressed doubt about such claims in the past. Iran most recently launched a rocket last February, which soared to the edge of space but did not reach orbit level.
"The first Iranian rocket Explorer-1 was fired into space," state-run television reported Monday.
Iran launched a rocket on Monday designed to send its first homemade research satellite into orbit in the next year, state television said, a move likely to add to Western concerns about Tehran's nuclear plans.
The ability to put satellites into orbit could indicate an advance in the Islamic Republic's missile technology, though official media gave few details.