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For Iran, the sky isn't the limit

Iran plans to send man to space within 10 years.

Iranian research rocket in February 2008.

According to a report at RIA Novosti, the head of the Iran Aerospace Organization said Wednesday that Iran plans to send its first astronaut to the moon within the next 10 years.

Space Agency chief Reza Taghipoor was quoted as saying that Iran is currently looking into the possibility of sending a human into outer space and that this is one of the country's priorities in the next decade. The exact date of the flight would be determined by the end of the year.

Earlier this year Iran said it wanted to put a satellite in orbit within a year. Last Sunday, it announced that it did just that. It successfully orbited the country's first domestically built satellite that will be used to aid natural disaster management programs and improve telecommunications. On Monday, Iran said it plans to send several satellites into orbit by 2010.