Iran: We've sent a monkey to space
An image from Iran's Press TV, broadcast on Jan. 28, 2013, shows a scientist holding a monkey which the Islamic Republic claims was successfully rocketed into space, and then retrieved safely. / PressTV
TEHRAN, Iran Iranian state TV says the country has successfully sent a monkey into space in what's described as another step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight.
Monday's report said the monkey was sent up in a Pishtam, or Explorer, rocket to a height of 72 miles. It gave no other details on the timing or location of the launch, but said the monkey returned safely.
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Iran has said it seeks to send an astronaut into space as part of its ambitious aerospace program. In 2010, Iran said it launched a rocket into space carrying a mouse, turtle and worms.
The U.S. and its allies worry that technology from the space program could also be used to develop long-range missiles that could potentially be armed with nuclear warheads.
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