Iran’s Space Program and the Wall Between “Peaceful Purposes”

October 1, 2020

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile


Zhanna Malekos Smith

Author's Title: 

Senior Associate


Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran wrote that “Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” A similar barrier exists between using space for “peaceful purposes.”
On April 22, 2020, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Trump administration, successfully launched its first military reconnaissance satellite, the Noor-1 (“Light-1”), 264 miles above the Earth’s surface.


Read the full blog post at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.