Tehran has announced that it successfully launched a research rocket carrying a mouse, two turtles and worms into space.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the launch of the ten foot-long rocket showed Iran could defeat the West in the battle of technology.
The launch of the Kavoshgar-3, which means Explorer-3 in Farsi, was announced by Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as part of Iran's ambitious space program.
It comes a year after Iran sent its first domestically made telecommunications satellite into orbit.
The latest rocket is designed transfer electronic data and live footage back to earth.
President Ahmadinejad praised the latest launch and said greater events would come in the future.
"The scientific arena is where we could defeat the (West's) domination," he said in remarks broadcast live on state TV.
He said the launch is a "very big event. This is the first presence of animals in space launched by Iran. It's the start of bigger achievements" to come.