Iran successfully launches first bio-space capsule into orbit

A handout picture provided by the Iranian Defense Ministry on December 6, 2023 shows a "Salman" rocket lunched with a capsule carrying animals into orbit from an undisclosed location in Iran. (Photo by AFP)

Iran's first bio space capsule carrying animals was successfully launched into orbit from the Semnan Space Center in Semnan province on Wednesday. 

Footage shows the Salman launcher built by the Aerospace Industries Organisation (AIO) of Iran's Defense Ministry taking off ahead of reaching an altitude of 130 kilometers from Earth's surface. 

The 500-kilogram was built by the Aerospace Research Institute of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. The launch is considered Iran's first step toward sending humans into space.

(Source: AFP)

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