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Photos: Iran's biggest telescope unveiled

Report by Press TV; photos by Hamidreza Dastjerdi, ISNA

Iran has unveiled its largest domestically-manufactured telescope, as part of an overall policy to achieve self-sufficiency in the field of technology. The telescope has been manufactured by Golpayegan's Astronomy Society with a fund worth $80,000 to be used in the fields of astronomy, medicine, and military.

Read related report by ISNA (in Persian)
Important Note: According to ISNA, this is only the first piece of the telescope (a hydrostatic bearing) that has been built so far.

Iran's first Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi unveiled the telescope dubbed Tara on Tuesday in a ceremony attended by a number of lawmakers as well as governors of Isfahan and Markazi province in the central city of Golpayegan.

In recent years, the Islamic Republic has upped its efforts to achieve supremacy in different fields of science and technology.

On Friday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Islamic Republic has plans to launch its first manned shuttle into space by 2019.


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