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IRAN: Scientists launch first 'bio-capsule' to test whether craft can sustain life in orbit

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Iranian researchers say they have launched the Islamic Republic's first "bio-capsule" into space in order to test the technology's ability to sustain life in orbit, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported Thursday. If successful, the test could lead to future missions carrying live animals, the agency added.

The capsule was carried 75 miles into orbit on Tuesday by the Kavoshgar-4 rocket. Kavoshgar means "explorer" in Persian.

The announcement comes the same week Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei paid a high-profile visit to an exhibition on the Islamic Republic's scientific and technological achievements in an attempt to highlight what state media has referred to as the country's cutting-edge aerospace technology. 

Iran sent its first domestically made satellite, Omid, into orbit in 2009.

--Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran

Photo: The Kavoshgar rocket. Credit: Press TV

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For crying out loud uncle, Iran is planning to bombard us with animals from space, send us more funds for rabies shots on top of whatever peanuts you're giving us already (go get it from China if you have to), oh god it's a holocaust in making ... oh nooo ... mooneey :)

AWSOME Iran...True cutting edge. Some 60 years behind any and all of the rest, umm I mean West of the world...but still 'cutting' even as your new missiles can attach to your 40 to 50 year old 'parts-missing' planes the US and France supplied to Shah Reza Pah...ahh whatever
... ':o)

Iran has the world's fastest growth rate in science and technology as per US government reports. Congrats to the Iranian scientists.


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