Russian rocket puts Iranian spy satellite into orbit

The Soyuz-2 rocket carried the Iranian Khayyam satellite into orbit on Tuesday from the Russian Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Responding to Western suspicions that Moscow would use the launch to spy on Ukraine, the Iranian space agency insisted that the Islamic Republic would control the Khayyam satellite “from day one.” Due to “encrypted algorithm, no third country could access the data it sent.”

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