Iran Launches First Homemade Satellite wire reports

TEHRAN, Iran, Feb. 3, 2009 — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is hailing the announced launch of his nation’s first domestically-built satellite as a gift to the people of Iran.

Ahmadinejad said Tuesday the satellite — named (Omid) Hope — was launched into orbit late Monday. According to media reports, the satellite was carried into space by an Iranian-made (Safir-2) Ambassador-2 rocket.

The launch comes as Iran marks the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

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