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Iran launched the country's first domestically built telecommunications satellite on the final day of festivities marking the birth of iman Mohammed al-Mahdi.
Text of report in English by state-run Iranian TV news channel on 17 August Iran successfully launched its first home-built satellite carrier into space from Iranian soil on Sunday [17 August].
Text of report by state-run Iranian TV channel one on 17 August [Presenter] On the evening of the anniversary of the auspicious birth of the twelfth Shi'i Imam, Imam Mehdi, may God hasten his advent, the Iranian scientist could successfully test fire the satellite-carrier rocket into space with an order by President Ahmadinezhad.
Text of report by Iranian conservative, privately-owned Fars News Agency website Tehran, 17 August: Government Spokesman Gholamhoseyn Elham said: The Iranian satellite-carrier rocket "Safir-e Omid" [Messenger of Hope] was launched in the presence of President Ahmadinezhad and in the name of the Lord of the Era [the twelfth Shi'i Imam].
At 1358 Iranian news network, IRINN, showed a footage of the satellite Safir-e Omid (Hope Envoy) being launched. The channel is running a caption saying the satellite has been "successfully" launched into space.
At 1358 gmt Iranian news channel, IRINN, started to broadcast a footage of Safir-e Omid (Hope Envoy) Satellite being launched into space. Video showed the launch of the rocket in darkness.
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