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Report: Fire in Iranian space centre kills 3 scientists

AP  |  Tehran 

Iran's semi-official ISNA agency is reporting that a fire in the country's space research centre has killed three scientists.

The Sunday report quotes Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi as saying that three researchers have died "because of a fire in one of the buildings of the Space Research Centre." Jahromi did not elaborate in the report.

ran plans to launch a satellite into orbit despite US criticism that such launches benefit its ballistic missile programme

In January, the country launched a satellite, but authorities said it failed to reach the "necessary speed" in the third stage of its launch.

Iran's young space program has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit over the past decade, and in 2013 launched a monkey into space.

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First Published: Sun, February 03 2019. 19:05 IST