Here’s an interesting article which links together Iran’s space and nuclear programs. While it’s cool that they can send a monkey into space and have it come back alive, I’m sure–as is the author of this piece–that there are nefarious ulterior motives behind this technology.
Iran has boldly been pursuing several big science projects that have dual use. The space program for the Islamic Republic of Iran is unlikely to foster a business of launching commercial satellites or out-of-this-world travel packages for more than space monkeys, unlike Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic or Space X.
The same technology used for launching spacecraft can be applied to military applications like ICBMs.
The other Iranian project is nuclear power. Why an oil rich nation needs to have nuclear power for peaceful endeavors is dubious. But the Iranians have been refining their “peaceful” products from centrifuges to create bomb grade nuclear fuel. Moreover, these nuclear sites have been scattered throughout the country and many have been buried.
As of January 20th, 2014, an “interim” accord between the six major powers and Iran takes effect. The pact, facilitated by U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, lifts hard…
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