MOSCOW (AP) _ A Start-1 rocket successfully launched an Israeli observation satellite on Tuesday from Russia's Far East, the Strategic Missile Forces said.

The Eros-A1 satellite is Israel's first civilian photography satellite, and it can take pictures of objects as small as 6 feet, according to Russian and Israeli media.

It was launched from the Svobodny cosmodrome in the Amur region of the Russian Far East, 3,440 east of Moscow. The rocket used to launch it was converted from a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile.