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[i]Iran has launched a sub-orbital rocket for scientific research not a missile capable of reaching space as earlier reported, an aerospace official told an Iranian news agency on Sunday.
Ali Akbar Golrou, the executive deputy of Iran's aerospace research center, told Fars News Agency the rocket would not stay in orbit but could rise to about 150 km (94 miles) into atmosphere before falling to earth by parachute...
"What was announced by the head of the research center was the news of launching this sounding rocket," Golrou said, denying the earlier report.
So-called "sounding rockets" are often used to probe atmospheric conditions between 45 km and 160 km (28 miles and 100 miles) above the earth, between the maximum altitude of weather balloons and the minimum altitude of orbiting satellites.[/i]
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