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Iran opens space research center, launches rocket

Tehran, Feb 4, IRNA - Iran on Monday launched its first space research unit in presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The president said the launch of the first space research unit would be great stride to serve the mankind and would lead to Iran's exaltation and progress. He inaugurated Iran's first space terminal this morning.

The country's first space terminal comprises of Omid satellite, Iran's first homemade developed research satellite which has been designed and constructed by the Iranian experts.

The Omid satellite will be launched in the near future.

Iran's space terminal has been designed to send the Islamic Republic's first homemade research satellite into orbit in the near future.

During the ceremony, President Ahmadinejad inspected different sections of the terminal.

The ceremony was attended by several ministers and a number of senior officials.

Domestic aerospace center strong backup of Islamic system

Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad-Mehdi Zahedi said inauguration of Iran's domestic aerospace center on Monday morning was a strong backup of the country's Islamic system.

Speaking on the sidelines of the center's inauguration ceremony, the minister referred to the event as another "scientific breakthrough for Iranian scientists."

The center is located at the site of Iran's aerospace industries in central Tehran. The body is affiliated to the country's Defence Ministry.

Zahedi referred to the center's establishment as an "honor" in the field of using technology by Iranian experts.

The minister stressed that establishment of the center indicated self-reliance of Iranian scientists.

The center is home to Iran's first domestic advanced research satellite, Omid (Hope), which is to be launched in the near future.

A research rocket was launched later in the ceremony by President Ahmadinejad's order to mark the center's inauguration.

The rocket was designed to find out the appropriate orbit for other research satellites to be launched in the future from the center.

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