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Iran Sends Monkey into Space: VIDEO


Iran has send a monkey into space in what it says is a prelude to sending humans, the NYT reports:

There was no independent corroboration of the report, which Press TV called evidence of “yet another” scientific achievement following earlier claims that satellites and living creatures had been launched into space. Western monitors have not announced any missiles launchings by Iran in recent days.

The state news agency, IRNA, said the monkey was sent into space on a Kavoshgar rocket that reached a height of 75 miles and “returned its shipment intact,” Reuters reported. The monkey survived, according to Press TV.

The timing of the reported launching was unclear — either on Monday or within the past few days. An earlier attempt to launch a monkey into space in 2011 was reported to have failed.

A year earlier, Iran said it sent a mouse, a turtle and worms into space.

Watch a news report on the mission, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. That picture breaks my heart...

    Posted by: Remote Patrolled | Jan 28, 2013 10:34:23 AM

  2. at this pace - maybe Iran can send humans by 2050? I never understand HOW COME Nations that can barely take care of its own people - spend mopney foolishly - ie: N.Korea and thier bomb making ventures

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 28, 2013 10:40:10 AM

  3. That photo is disgusting, it makes me so angry, how could anyone do something like that?

    Posted by: JBWhovian | Jan 28, 2013 10:40:43 AM

  4. This monkey's gone to heaven.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 28, 2013 10:44:09 AM

  5. They have no regard for life, whether it is human or other. Disgusting.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 28, 2013 10:46:12 AM

  6. Iran needs a Second Iranian Revolution—NOW. Kick the idiot mullahs out and get something better. Religious fanatics will never guide a country to anything other than self-inflicted destruction. And no, I am not blaming the "victim" because the theocracy in Iran has always behaved as a perpetrator, not a victim.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Jan 28, 2013 11:05:47 AM

  7. That poor, poor monkey. The cruelty of humans really seems to know no bounds.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 28, 2013 11:08:57 AM

  8. But was the monkey wearing a cute shearling coat?

    Posted by: Sam I Am | Jan 28, 2013 11:20:30 AM

  9. Poor lil'monkey...with the amount of religious fanatics who will die for their cause I find it hard to believe they could not find "1" person/suicider willing to go into space, not cool. Many woman are awaiting the monkeys now.

    Posted by: Johnny | Jan 28, 2013 11:50:42 AM

  10. Muslims will never succeed in outer space... because they suck.

    Posted by: SOBAD | Jan 28, 2013 12:30:11 PM

  11. Better in space than in Iran.

    Posted by: Jake Orlando | Jan 28, 2013 12:30:43 PM

  12. That photo is disgusting! I hope the people responsible for doing that die horrible deaths!

    Posted by: Bobby | Jan 28, 2013 1:21:37 PM

  13. Women can't drive but monkeys can go into space, what a f**kd-up country.

    Posted by: george | Jan 28, 2013 1:25:06 PM

  14. We have killed scores more monkeys than Iran. How could anyone get offended by killing one monkey when your people are killing thousands?

    Posted by: Fensox | Jan 28, 2013 1:54:30 PM

  15. @FENSOX You have a point but cruelty is cruelty regardless of who is at fault. Better that they send up Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the real monkey of Iran.

    BTW, Israel ain't gonna like this at all.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 28, 2013 2:23:46 PM

  16. How did they get the Ikea monkey?

    Posted by: gwynethcornrow | Jan 28, 2013 4:02:28 PM

  17. I can only imagine the millions of "jokes" comparing Middle Easterners to monkeys that are filling up the comment boards on Right-Wing news sites and forums right now....

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 28, 2013 4:17:34 PM

  18. "They have no regard for life, whether it is human or other. Disgusting."
    Oops, I thought that you were talking about that US Marine("Look, a man in uniform!") who threw a puppy into the valley,(
    or the drone attacks against the civilians in Afghanistan and Yemen!

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 28, 2013 4:19:46 PM

  19. ...and there are no animal testings in US, right?

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 28, 2013 4:20:49 PM

  20. Time for everyone here to take a look at the history of animal space flights:

    OTOH - While I can understand the early animal work, I do not understand the use of animals after manned space flight.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 28, 2013 4:30:02 PM

  21. I mean, Pakistan and Yemen.

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 28, 2013 4:38:51 PM

  22. @george,

    All the "towelheads" should look the same, right?

    It's Saudi Arabia (which is a US' tight ally and whose oppressive regime US has supported all along btw) where women are not allowed to drive...

    NOT Iran!!! :

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 28, 2013 4:50:08 PM

  23. Iran, we're counting on you...


    Posted by: Randy | Jan 28, 2013 5:36:02 PM

  24. @Diogenes Arktos: they couldn't send a person in that thing - look at the video and the stairs next to the rocket in a few of the pictures. It would barely hold a person standing upright at launch (i.e., parallel to the rocket), and a person might have been too heavy in any case. Their space program is about where ours was in the mid 1950s, before we got anything into orbit, if this rocket is any example.

    BTW, the narration said that the monkey came back intact. It did not say that the monkey came back alive.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 28, 2013 8:00:41 PM

  25. They want to make Jews In Space a reality, and keep them there.

    Posted by: beed | Jan 28, 2013 8:16:55 PM

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