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Russia Launches Iranian Imaging Satellite as Strategic Ties Grow

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the Khayyam satellite blasts off from a launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan on Aug. 9. 

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the Khayyam satellite blasts off from a launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan on Aug. 9. 

Photographer: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images 

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Russia successfully launched an Iranian imaging satellite on Tuesday, as the countries deepen strategic ties amid the war in Ukraine and uncertainty over the fate of the Iranian nuclear deal. 

The “Khayyam” satellite, named after an 11th-century Persian poet and mathematician, was fired into space using a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a spaceport in Kazakhstan that’s operated by Moscow.