Iran Launches First Satellite

The space race got a little more crowded yesterday.

Iran launched its first satellite, using a domestically produced rocket. The launch of the Safir (Ambassador) rocket was shrouded in mystery…surprising, I know.

Few details were available about the rocket or its payload…Western experts say Iran rarely provides enough details for them to determine the extent of its technological advances, but that much Iranian technology consists of modifications of equipment supplied by China, North Korea and others.

And how are Iran’s neighbors responding? Israel, for one, says it’s unconcerned.

The launch comes on the birthday weekend of Hazrat Mahdi, the 12th Imam. Shiites believe his return will signal the end of days.