Iran’s Ambitious Space Program
Iran has announced its plans to send a human to space by 2029, according to Mohammad Javad Zarepour, the deputy head of the Iranian Space Agency. This comes after a recent successful launch of a rocket named Salman.
Unclear Involvement of Animals
Although it is unclear if any animals were aboard the most recent launch, Zarepour mentioned that further tests involving animals will be conducted before sending a human into space. Iran’s space program has previously sent a monkey into space in 2013 and successfully returned it.
Previous Achievements in Space
Iran has been making strides in its space program over the years. In September, the country announced that it had sent a data-collecting satellite into space. Additionally, in May, an Iranian satellite captured high-resolution images of the US Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain.
Iran’s Satellite Technology Advancements
Zarepour expressed pride in Iran’s satellite technology advancements, stating that the country’s homegrown satellite was able to send back high-resolution true-color images. He also highlighted the ability of an Iranian satellite to carry out color imaging from the entire surface of the Earth.
Collaboration between Defense and Civil Space Agency
The Salman rocket, used in the recent launch, was built by Iran’s Defense Ministry, while the capsule was built by the Iranian civil space agency. This collaboration showcases the country’s efforts in both defense and civilian space technology.
The ambitious goal of sending a human to space by 2029 demonstrates Iran’s commitment to advancing its space program. With its continued efforts and advancements, Iran aims to join the select group of nations capable of human space travel.