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.

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.

Iran's space monkey
An image from Iran's Press TV, broadcast on Jan. 28, 2013, shows a monkey which the Islamic Republic claims was successfully rocketed into space, and then retrieved safely.
PressTV

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