Iran has reported that it has successfully sent a monkey in to space aboard a Pishgam rocket.
Iran's space program is advancing ever further as the country celebrated the sending of a live monkey in to space and back again in an Iranian TV broadcast. The adventurous primate was no worse for wear after surviving its sub-orbital flight to an altitude of 120km. In 2010 Iran succeeded in sending a rat, turtle and worms in to space and has plans to send the first human in 2019.
Iran's progress has raised concerns in the international community as it is believed that the country could be using its space programme to develop long-range missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
"The primate travelled in a Pishgam rocket, which reached an altitude of some 120km (75 miles) for a sub-orbital flight before "returning its shipment intact", the defence ministry said."
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