Images Suggest Iran Attempted a Second Satellite Launch

Last Updated: Feb 07 2019 11:13
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Iran appears to have attempted a second satellite launch despite U.S. criticism that its space program helps it develop ballistic missiles, satellite images released Thursday suggest.

Images from Wednesday show the rocket was gone with what appears to be burn marks on its launch pad.

It wasn't immediately clear if the satellite if launched, made it into orbit.

Iranian state media did not immediately report on the rocket launch, though such delays have happened in previous launches.

Digital Globe analysts said the images from Tuesday suggest Iran used a Safir, or "ambassador," rocket in the launch.

Iran usually displays space achievements in February during the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution. This year's 40th anniversary comes amid Iran facing increasing pressure from the U.S. under the administration of President Donald Trump.