Iran follows North Korea into space
Iran has launched a rocket carrying a monkey into space, one month after North Korea’s successful launch.
This is not the first time Iran has successfully launched into space, in February 2009 and 2010 Iran had success. It is not thought that anything significant was learnt by Iran nor were any significant new technologies used.
Iran plans to use this experience in their aim of putting a man in space and then setting a manned orbital post by 2020. Which still remains highly ambitious.
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There are 10 nations (not including ESA) that can independently launch into space, can you name them?