Iran: We Did Send Monkey to Space

    In this picture obtained from the Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, an Iranian technician holds a monkey which has been prepared for riding an Iranian rocket into space, in an undisclosed location in Iran. One of two official package of photos of Iran's famed simian space traveler depicted the wrong monkey, but that the primate really did fly up into orbit and return safely, a senior Iranian space confirmed Saturday Feb 2 3013.(AP Photo/ISNA, Mohammad Agah) EDS NOTE: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE.

    Mohammad Agah/ISNA, via AP

    We’ll believe it when we hear from the monkey. Iranian officials insisted over the weekend that they had sent a monkey into space and differences in the photographs were due to an error by the state media. Senior space official Mohammad Ebrahimi said that state media used archived photos from a monkey that died in 2011 during a launch, and “they just mixed that footage with the footage of the 2013 successful launch.” Iran had said last week that it had successfully launched into space a monkey that survived, but before photos showed a monkey with a mole, and the animal that returned did not have one, causing many to wonder if it was a hoax.

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