A space rocket launch by Iran on December 24, 2021

A space rocket launch by Iran on December 24, 2021

Satellite Photos Point To Failed Iran Space Launch

3/2/2022

Iran likely suffered another failed launch of a satellite-carrying rocket in recent days attempting to reinvigorate a program criticized by the West.

The attempted space launch came as Tehran faces last-minute negotiations with world powers to save its tattered nuclear deal in Vienna.

Satellite images from Maxar Technologies seen by The Associated Press show scorch marks at a launch pad at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran's rural Semnan province on Sunday.

A rocket stand on the pad appears scorched and damaged, with vehicles surrounding it. An object, possibly part of the gantry, sits near it.

Successful launches typically don't damage rocket gantries because they are lowered prior to takeoff.

The United States says that space launches by Iran could be a cover to develope intercontinental ballistic missiles that would be able to deliver nuclear warheads.

Iran also usually immediately trumpets launches that reach space on its state-run television channels, and it has a history of not acknowledging failed attempts.

Iran's mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request by the Associated Press for comment, nor did the US military.

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