This photo released on Thursday, June 16, 2011, by the Iranian Defense Ministry, claims to show the Safir, or Ambassador, satellite launching rocket, which will carry Iran's Rasad, or Observation, ... more 
This photo released on Thursday, June 16, 2011, by the Iranian Defense Ministry, claims to show the Safir, or Ambassador, satellite launching rocket, which will carry Iran's Rasad, or Observation, satellite into earth orbit, as an Iranian flag flutters at left, in an undisclosed location. Iran has launched a satellite into earth orbit, state television reported, in a feat that is likely to raise concerns among those who fear Iran's intentions and nuclear development program. The report said the locally produced satellite, called Rasad, or observation, was launched successfully by a Safir missile on Wednesday. There was no independent confirmation of the launch or of the satellite achieving orbit. (AP Photo/Iranian Defense Ministry,Vahid Reza Alaei,) EDS NOTE: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Iranian Defense Ministry,Vahid Reza Alaei,
Thu, Jun 16, 2011 5:43 AM EDT