This photo released on Thursday, June 16, 2011, by the Iranian Defense Ministry, claims to show launching the Safir, or Ambassador, satellite carrier, which carries Iran's Rasad, or Observation, ... more 
This photo released on Thursday, June 16, 2011, by the Iranian Defense Ministry, claims to show launching the Safir, or Ambassador, satellite carrier, which carries Iran's Rasad, or Observation, satellite into earth orbit, in an undisclosed location. Iran launched a satellite into earth orbit Wednesday, Iran's state TV 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. (AP Photo/Iranian Defense Ministry,Vahid Reza Alaei, HO) ** 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, HO
Thu, Jun 16, 2011 9:06 AM EDT