Iran Sends Monkey Into Space

    Image #: 20988931    A still image from an undated video footage released on January 28, 2013 by Iran's state-run English language Press TV shows a monkey that was launched into space. Iran said on Monday it had launched the live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile delivery systems that are alarming to the West given Tehran's parallel advances in nuclear technology.   REUTERS/Press TV via Reuters TV (IRAN - Tags: ANIMALS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO ACCESS IRAN / BBC PERSIAN TV / VOA PERSIAN NEWS NETWORK (RESTRICTION IMPOSED LOCALLY BY IRANIAN AUTHORITIES) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. IRAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN IRAN       Reuters /REUTERS TV /LANDOV

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    One small step for astronaut monkeys, one giant leap for Tehran. Iranian State TV reports that the nation has successfully sent a monkey into space. The monkey launched 72 miles into the air in a rocket named Pishtam, or Explorer. While the mission remains shrouded in secrecy, the monkey is said to have returned alive. Three years ago, Iran sent a mouse, a turtle, and worms into orbit. It’s all part of the nation’s push to send a man into space—or develop long-range missiles.

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