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PHOTO Iran shows picture of its first space monkey



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Monkey into space

Iran announced yeasterday they successfully sent a monkey into space. Although the launch hasn’t been confirmed by independent news sources, Iran’s state run agency said the animal was sent to an altitude of 120km inside a Pishgam (Pioneer) rocket and returned safely to the ground. Iran’s Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said: “This success is the first step towards man conquering the space and it paves the way for other moves.” Pictures of the monkey strapped into a pod were shown on national TV. The launch was part of Iran’s space program the western world believes is being carried out to develop nuclear weapons.

 




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