By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Iran is prepping to launch another handful of satellites into space. The satellites are all domestically produced.
IRNA, an official Iranian news agency, reported that Iran will launch the satellites into space before the end of the Persian year which ends on March 21st.
The head of the Iranian space agency, Hamid Faveli, was the main source cited in the article. Faveli explained that one on the satellites will be a communication satellite which will improve secure wireless connections throughout the country and the region.
Another satellite will be a photographic satellite that can take pictures with 100 meter resolution.
In December Iran claimed to have successfully launched a monkey into space and that the monkey returned to earth healthy. This was their second attempt - the first attempt, a year earlier, resulted in the death of the space monkey.
There are numerous reasons for these announcements.
Most importantly is to show that Iran is racing ahead in high technology. And, make no mistake about it, that technology includes weapons.
The second is to show that just like we spy on Iran, Iran can spy on us. They are using similar, yet independently developed, technology.
Iran is not some backward state. Iran is a highly sophisticated, cultured and educated society. It would behoove us to understand that.
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