[FPSPACE] Iran: Monkey launched into space on suborbital journey

Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Mon Jan 28 10:02:37 EST 2013

Reuters via Yahoo




Iran launches monkey into space: state news agency

Reuters - 19 mins ago


DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has successfully launched a live monkey into space,
the state news agency IRNA said on Monday, touting it as an advance in a
missile and space program that has alarmed the West and Israel.

There was no independent confirmation of the report, which quoted a defense
ministry statement. It said the launch coincided "with the days of" the
Prophet Mohammad's birthday last week but gave no date.

IRNA said the monkey was sent into space on a Kavoshgar rocket. The rocket
reached a height of more than 120 km (75 miles) and "returned its shipment
intact", IRNA reported.

The Islamic Republic's state-run, English-language Press TV said the monkey
was retrieved alive.

Iran announced plans in 2011 to send a monkey into space, but that attempt
was reported to have failed.

Western powers are concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used
to propel Iranian satellites into orbit could be used to launch nuclear
warheads. Tehran denies such suggestions and says its nuclear activity is
for peaceful energy only.


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