Iran Reportedly Launching Another Monkey Into Space

Iran's space agency is open to other animals of similar size, its deputy chief is quoted as saying

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An Iranian scientist holds a live monkey strapped into a chair at an unknown location on January 28, 2013, which Iranian news agencies said returned alive after it traveled in a capsule to an altitude of 120 kilometres (75 miles) for a sub-orbital flight.

Earth to all monkeys: the next flight to space may be departing Iran within the month.

The deputy head of Iran’s space agency, Hamid Fazeli, reportedly told an Iranian newspaper that the agency plans to send a small animal into space soon for the second time in a year with the goal of launching a manned ship into space by 2018.

Earlier this year the program claimed to have sent a monkey out of the atmosphere and brought it back, though skeptics pointed to before-and-after photographs that depicted two different monkeys. The Iranian agency attributed the discrepancy to a simple mix-up: the pre-flight photo was in fact an archived image of another, alternate monkey, they said.

Monkeys interested in getting a (the) seat on the upcoming flight must act fast! According to the Associated Press, Fazeli was quoted in the the conservative daily Jomhuri Eslami as saying that the agency was considering other animals that weigh about the same as a monkey.

[AP]

5 comments
BiggaTiddy
BiggaTiddy

Each person involved in this travesty should be castrated and burned alive while being sexually assaulted

TonyBaloney
TonyBaloney

POOR MONKEYS!

They should launch Ayatollahs into space instead.

Tolerating_Cattle
Tolerating_Cattle

@BiggaTiddy What travesty?  The monkey came back alive.


Better than the US could say for Albert, or Albert II, or Albert III, or Albert IV, or Gordo, or Able..  need I continue? Maybe you should study how many times this has actually happened before you open your mouth and allow your spew to fall out.

Tolerating_Cattle
Tolerating_Cattle

@TonyBaloney Or you. 


See..  the way this works..  we rocket-scientists want to study the effects of biological effects of space on Earth-borne lives.  So we send monkeys and rabbits and such since we don't figure they're going to come back.


However, if someone like you wants to complain about the inhumanity of doing it, please feel free to volunteer as a, ahem, test dummy.  

Either that, or get the @#$% out of the way of progress.  Moron.

hans45
hans45

@Tolerating_Cattle @TonyBaloney so why hate nazis??????? they made progress by concentration camp prisoners, from stealth to laser weapons, either allies should volunteer or get @#$% out of the way of progress