Iran is getting in on space travel. Before it sends humans off the planet, the country's space agency decided to take a test ride with a monkey.
According to the state's semi-official Fars News Agency, Iran "sent a monkey to the orbit, brought it back to the Earth and retrieved the animal and the relevant data successfully."
The creature achieved an altitude of 75 miles, according to the news agency.
This monkey follows in the paw prints of smaller animals like a rat, turtles and worms, that had their own adventures aboard Iran’s Kavoshgar-3 rocket in 2010, the news agency said.
Iran isn't the only country that has used animals for space research. During the 1950s, for example, the Russians launched a mixed-breed dog, Laika, into orbit.
While today's news is a success for monkeys everywhere, Iran’s space agency says it will have its first manned space mission in the next five to eight years.
What’s better than surviving your first trip to space? Bananas. Lots of bananas.
Click on the above video to see the monkey strapped in and raring to go.
When the Monkey left Iran for outer space, it drove the IQ of the entire Middle East up!
Oh man I just got to read the posts on this story LOL
This monkey looks exactly like Ahmadinejad. Same tiny eyes and hairy face. This "astronauts" likeness to the prez should be an inspiration to all Iranians........Best wishes to both monkey men!....
It was probably just Newt Gingrinch, hitching a ride to find a landing zone for his moon colony.
I'm sure they did send monkeys. Maybe Amadimwitajad's brother. And probable on an IED shaped charge missile.
Ha! This will probably be the voyage and monkey that's intercepted by aliens. They will discover what humans look like and marvel at his intelliegence and ability to reach space.
Monkeys are so stupid.
I guess that is Iran's idea of retirement.
A monkey....how cute! lol
wow! Did they finally get rid of Ahmadinejad?
Racists! Why didn't they dwarf a camel and send it in the space?
not true, Obama is still in Washington
Monkey from Iran??.....doesn't narrow the field much.
Well, the monkey lost the bet, so of you gooooooooooo. Arhhkt arhhkt aarrhhktt.
Space traveling monkeys? What will those wacky Iranians think of next? Laser cats?
They were going to send a goat, but her husband, Ackmadenijab objected.
Yep...it was Ovomits twin.
Sending an animal into space and calling it a big deal is so 1947
Was the monkey Akmajinobad (spelling is off)? That would have been a good thing.
"What’s better THEN surviving your first trip to space?" Really? If Ms Moskowitz is going to continue to write, for CNN or otherwise, I'd suggest that she starts using a grammar checker.
So how did Ahmadinejad enjoy the ride?
Darn! I was going to make that joke!
You do realize that his name, pronounced phonetically, is just about perfectly, (I'm mad ln the head)! Considering many of his comments, it is ironic, at the least.
don't insult the monkey....
First of all the rocket they showed is not nearly powerful enough to send itself into space. So either that picture is bogus or they are lying. Secondly any rocket traveling to a distance of 100 miles. That orbit would not be considered a true working space orbit. You would have to go to about 200 miles to benefit from launching a person into space. Nice try Iran. Maybe they think we are that stupid.
Worst, he defecated.
The Doomsday is fast approaching! Wake up, be prepared;
Gee, Thanks for the heads up. Since we dodged the Mayan calendar thing I thought we could relax.
mmmm yumm, Monkey brains for dinner next Wednesday. LOL
60 years behind in aerospace, 800 years behind in culture.
you mean Iran has 2 mokeys.the one that went into space and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Is a buffoon a monkey.
We will zap them with our death star.
"What's better THAN surviving your first trip to space". Sad to see on CNN.
They sent a monkey just to test whether Ahmedinajad will survive in space if the earth runs out of space.
It was just around the corner, 75 miles.
A plane is way up there at 40,000 feet.
HAHA we did that 70 years ago!
The part that sucks here is they're just wasting all this effort to invent the wheel. If they would simply be less aggressive to the rest of the world's players they could collaborate on the next lunar mission.
I'm actually glad they can't just buy an ICBM-class rocket from China...it's a good sign for non-proliferation.
You mean, the next looney mission.
because any of the big players in space would like to lose relevancy? Let's face it, we have the technology and the intel to be able to stop a nuclear launch before it does any significant damage. We're on a witch hunt, protecting Israel's interests, and even if Iran were to be 100% transparent, the massad would continue to assume the worst of the state.
They sent Ahmadinejad into space?
Took what would have been my comment before I could put it in. Only difference is that I call him President Ahmanutjob.
Yup – I heard the same thing !! They hope to have the technology in 7 years, to bring him back !! ;-)
We can thank Carter for the mess in Iran.
You'll probably have to start with Eisenhower, who allowed a coup in Iran to install the Shah. From there, you'd probably have to blame JFK (who was pre-occupied with other things), LBJ (who had Vietnam to deal with), NIxon (dealing with his own devils), Ford (ummm, how effective was he?) until you get to Carter.
I agree with you.
Actually, the problems in Iran started much earlier than President Carter's administration. The CIA organized an overthrow of the government in the 50s because the leader wanted to nationalize the oil industry. That CIA coup installed the Shah. The Shah's policies eventually caused the people in Iran to revolt. Maybe, if we had stayed out of Iran and not been involved in regime change things would have turned out much different. President Carter just happened to be in power when the revolution broke out against the Shah. Short of direct military intervention there wasn't much we could do about the mess we helped to bring about by interfering with their domestic conflict in the first place.
Fox News must be sleeping on the job. It usually informs its viewers that Presidents Clinton or Obama are the root of all evils in the word. First time a Fox viewer has blamed Carter.
doesn't north korea and iran in space don't that make you sleep better?
Welll, since they're just now doing things that the U.S. and Russia were doing in the 1960's, and since we successfully tested an anti-satellite rocket in 2010, I'd say there's still nothing to worry about.
We tested anti satellite rockets in the 70s, for gods sake.
The more countries in space the better.
So with the monkey in space who the hell is running the country?
The monkey's uncle, who else.
north korea and iran in space don't that make you sleep better?
Maybe they will have ONE MASSIVE Nuclear disaster
"Iran isn't the only country that has used animals for space research. During the 1950s, for example, the Russians launched a mixed-breed dog, Laika, into orbit." +++++ Is the writer too young to remember or too rushed to research that the USA sent Chimpanzees up first, before humans?
That was the first thing that occurred to me while reading this blog. entry. The second was that Russia didn't send the dog into orbit in the 50's. That was the U.S.S.R., which is a kinda of critical historical difference, don't you think CNN's Jessica Moskowitz?
the monkeys says he was just glad to get out of Iran for a while
An international news organization and it doesn't catch someone using then instead of than.
The technical capabilities of their claims gets stronger all the time. Will they have a cameo of Jar Jar Binks in their photos this time, too?
I knew President Ahmadinejad was always supposed to be an astronaut
They sent Mahmoud InADinnerJacket into space??
Kind of suprising we hear about it after the fact.
So, Iran sent Ahmedinajad into space???!!!
Man, you took my joke!
Yea, me too. He went into space as a monkey and came back as Ahmadinejad!
Yep, that's him in the picture...............
and a monkey flew out of his butt?
People you are all missing a point. The ability of a nation to launch anything into Orbit and recover is a massive first step into developing an accurate ICBM. When the Iranians finally get those nuclear weapons finished, and they will, they will have the ability to strike ANYWHERE. Now won't that make things interesting.
Again, SO WHAT???!!!!!
I assume your reply was to me? When it comes to human rights ....yes....i would be o.k. with France telling us what we can and can not do.......and when someone makes threats to wipe Israel off the map like cancer or is so out of touch with reality............they should not be able to do certain things......P.S .....Neda still lives.
You are so right.....Iran should NOT be launching anything,,,,anywhere!!!! And is not science a sin (to them)??? They lash there own people there, 75 times, for underage drinking and just about everything. Pour acid into peoples eyes for punishment and never mind.....can not wait to give him the finger at the U.N. meeting........P.s. Neda lives.
Who the F are we to tell another country what they can do and what they cant???!!!
...how would you feel if France told us what we could or could not do???
...some of you people are ridiculous
Not to worry, we have the death star.
Amedinajad is travelling to space !!! BIG DEAL !
Poor monkey...someone should strap the rag head tyrants of Iran and shoot them into orbit.
No, they should just shoot them, period.
Maybe the change of perspective will be good for Muslim extremists. Since they won't be able to face mecca to pray without looking at the entire planet, stands to reason it might make them realize there's a lot of other people on the planet besides them, and a lot of room out there.
... I meant "stresses". D@mn autocorrect.
Im disappointed in some peoples lack of sense of humor here. This piece is funny beyond words. The Iranian Islamic regime is a joke, so why not have some fun with it. Who launces monkeys into space, really. Lighten up people, life has no meaning or purpose whatsoever, all your worries and steers is for nothing.
all space programs mark a step where they launch , and recover, a small animal from space. And yeah, I and LOL on some of these comments.
The USSR & USA both sent monkeys into space before human flight – if IRAN has a space program. Being able to send a rocket 75 miles into space carrying a monkey is a good excuse for Rocket testing for something with enough range to strike the US with a nuclear warhead.
To what end? When did mutually assured destruction become forgotten?
Well, they could hit DC, and that would completely disrupt everything, if it killed 99% of our politicians. Of course that would be if they hit us at a time when most all politicians were in town at once, for Congressional votes or something. So, their testing is significant I think, especially if they get the ICBM technology perfected.
Have they figured out how to get the monkey down from space?
When does Ahmadinejad come back?
When pigs fly. Oh, he's next.
Does that mean the Iranian vice-president was in charge while the monkey was out of the country?
WELCOME TO THE 20th CENTURY!!!
Another Kid. As if he was involved in any space advancement 50 years ago. They were all Germans captured in World War II. None of them were Americans.
That was the message sent back by the monkey from space.
Welcome Iran to the fifties!
Herby, you re so valuable to this country. All you can do is buy something that is made in another country.
You know Scott, I would be willing to bet that you're Iranian posing as an American (or a western country) and all you are doing here is being a Troll...I'm right aren't I...Troll
Looking at some of these comments, it's apparent that the more things change ...the more they stay the same (for some). It's 2013 people! Might be time to stop being stuck on stupid. Your move.
Geez Tony, sorry if we've offended you... we can't all be monkey's who've worked for the Iranian Government...
Yeah, sure. I just don't like b.s., nor b.s.er's. It is what it is, and will never be any different.But thanks for you reply I guess.
you=your, ...and no 2 spaces after the period. I'm sure you caught that too though. Thanks!
How can they be sure it IS a monkey?
Hmm...They put a monkey in space....They used a rocket to put a monkey in space. What else are the Iranian's working on? Anyone? Anyone? Hello. So now they have heavy lifting technology at their finger tips. Wow Let's see, pretend you are testing for a human space flight and in the mean time right out in front show you they can move an object into space. Anyone else think this is fishy?
It's better than Israelis spray painting "Jesus was a monkey" on Christian holy sites.
In a related story, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not been seen and is feared missing.
"feared missing"? From my perspective it would be "hoped missing".
he most likely is in a corner eating bananas somewhere............. he is hungry after that trip into space.
Why would they send a poor innocent monkey? They should have sent one of their stupid men instead!!!
Well for one thing, the monkey is more capable and courageous, he will rule eye ran when he re turn.
I want to post something meaningful, but I can't stop laughing...
I got back but my friend, the guy who played the music while I danced....did not make it back
They could heighten their own security and economic well being by launching Amaneedbath instead on the monkey.
A couple of Mullahs would be a good start too.
Is that mojo jojo? Truly, an axis of evil.
Well, the only monkey I see is the ones posting here.
Wow... for a lefty I would have thought you could do better than that... you sure you're not a right winger in a lefty's clothing?
Yeah, you included.
Iran is quite an inspiration, even with illegal sanctions on them, they continue to defy the odds.
They certainly have not distinguised themselves in human rights and especially womens' rights!!!
They also continue to murder their own people while sucking up all the resources of the country. The towel heads in charge used to be nothing more than donkey-riding preachers 33 years ago.
I guess even Iranians hate black people.
'scuse me. At least Black people have souls, unlike the majority of male Iranian dirtbags!!!
I just knew someone would interject a racist comment sooner or later.
Sending their special forces soldiers will not catapult them into a space race with Qatar or any other country. Keep dreaming Iran.......
I though it was Harry Reid for a quick second
It is ashame when intelligent people have nothing intelligent to say. Maybe this is why we will never get along with others of differnet cultures. Imagine what humans could accomplish on earth with no discrimination or hostile words for their neighbors. Instead of devoting our lives to terrorism and war, we devoted into improving our agriculture and environment throughout the war so human life would not become extinct. Improve healt care to get rid of diseases and cancer so people could live as long as possible comfortably. I guess hate is just better than solving problems that can be solved when people unite.
Yes... and cloned unicorns could fart air freshener, rivers of chocolate could flow past each house and stepping in dog poo would make you happy... and, of course, there would be lollipops for all (with the "safe-t" handles so no one gets hurt when they fall) and monkeys could ride in space ships...
Yes, it makes one wonder why Iran has chosen such a disresepctful path.
So they now have an ICBM.... now what
Inter Continental Ballistic Monkey?
It was Mr. Ahmadinejad
Actually... it looks more like his mom... reportedly, she has very hairy forearms and big ears, and likes to be shot into space...
Actually, it was his twin sister. Da*n, perish the thought. Yuk.....I keel u.
Iranian Monkey in Space.....just sounds funny to me.
Unfortunately, he wasn't able to take his Street Organ with him.
Ahmadinejad being his Hurdy Gurdy!
The organ he brought up with him was better to play with. Tissue please.
My first reaction was the astronaut must have been Ahmadinejad's brother.
Close, but no cigar. That's an Iranian woman (know you know why they wear burkas).
Now if they would only admit they sent a monkey to address the UN.
Just a cover to test their nuke delivery system.
THIS is gonna revolutionize their heroin trafficking.
This is comical, NASA and the Soviets already sent monkeys into space back in the 60's, and now Iran wants to follow these fakes? Lets get our facts straight, no monkey will ever be able to successfully orbit earth and reenter at hypersonic 17,500 mph w/o vaporizing like a meteor. NASA and the Soviets already knew this before they planned and coordinated the "space race" acting out their pre-planned fakes to con the masses. If Iran wants to 'repeat' these stunts, then we should loan them a vintage Mercury capsule (we have several left) and since they worked 'swell' back in 1960 with their "special plastic" heat shield, then Iran won't need to change a single thing on these tin cans. Just launch a rocket, film, later drop capsule loaded with monkey from a cargo plane, and claim successful 'spaceflight'. It worked back then, so the gullible general public will certainly buy into it today.....
The 1960's is better than the 1360's. I guess they are following in the footsteps of the west. If they are trying to be like us they will have to stage more war protests, a Woodstock and a hippie, drug revolution with a dropout generation.
If you really believe this, you are nuts. So basically, in your conspiracy theory world, all technological breakthroughs such as spaceflight (i.e. space race) is fabricated by world powers. I guess the creation of the automobile, the Wright Brothers first flight, the internet, etc are all fabricated as well. There must have not been any work to get to these points. We all just woke up one day and were driving our Chevys and Fords to work one day....or hopped on a plane and flew across the country.....or logged into the internet and booked that flight across the country and rented that Chevy/Ford to drive once we got there. Conspiracy theorists make me want to scream. Everything in life has to be fabricated or a hoax. Its people like these that degrades the intelligence of our society, fabricates and lies to the public more than any other group for the sake and hope of anarchy and makes the sane US citizens look like nut jobs to the rest of the world because when you get on this thing called the internet........amazingly someone in another country can read your insane post and labels you as well as the rest of us as nut jobs.
It's interesting, isn't it, that here in America there used to be dozens of automobile manufacturers. Many of which were very, very good at their craft (like Tucker) and strangely enough, the number of automobile companies was reduced to only a handful shortly after the way. You may want to ponder this fact.
In addition, there really is no such thing as a 'conspiracy theory' per se, there's only facts that will result in logical conclusions. The facts of physics, which yields reentry impossible due to atmospheric heating at hypersonic, resulting in any object descending toward earth to burn up like a meteor, should wake most up that as I stated, no monkeys will ever be able to achieve this stunt. What NASA and the CCCP (same Nazi scientists, yes, this too it a fact) were doing is creating a 'show' in order to dupe the masses. Why? The monkey...........
So I guess Joe and Felix never jumped from the edge of space either?
I knew you were nuts when I saw your name was Buck... and I was convinced after reading your comment... I was laughing at Iran and their national hero returning from space... then I got to your comment and started laughing at you... I think it's time to get back to taking your meds!
Whats so comical about your post is that I have successfully duped you into thinking that my name is Buck. Have a nice dupe, excuse me, day.....
So I suppose the Corona satellite photos that made it back to earth after being jettisoned were a fake too, since the only way that film would have survived is to burnup in earths atmosphere since scientists and engineers did not understand aeronautical engineering and the basic physics to allow for a safe re-entry, oh and they had magical digital cameras back in 1959 to take pictures of earth. Yeah Right... This is stuff you can wiki, but to me it's common sense that they would think of these things and be able to do it.
The Corona Project was indeed a part of NASA's grand misinformation strategy (leading up to the fake moon landings). They could already relay images via satellite, and if you actually think they 'returned' a cannister at hypersonic 17,500 mph without it burning up as do meteors, then their con worked, and hence, monkeys can travel in space at take pics of 'exploding stars' form a 'Big Bong' billiards of years ago............
BFD...a PRIVATE US aerospace company sent a man into space in a powered space vehicle several years ago. Much ado about nothing.
" During the 1950s, for example, the Russians launched a mixed-breed dog, Laika, into orbit" The United States also sent monkeys into space.
This is at least the third time you posted that exact same comment. Now that you've shown that you have mastered the copy/paste technique, you can leave this site. We're getting very tired of you.
No one reported that the monkey actually survived.
Laika died though, the Russians never planned for a recovery.
The money has learned his lesson for refusing conversion to islam.
How the heck did they get Ahmadinejad into the capsule.
That was a look alike, a decoy meant to confuse the world population. Do you think the real President would leave at just the moment when everybody wants him out? I think he'd freak out up there having to trust all those people he doesn't trust in his government. Look carefully at the hair on his left ear. You see? The real president's ear haiir is much longer (based on American satellite pictures anyway.
Where's the monkeys beard and turban? Where's it's copy of the Koran?
If they sent the monkey into space then who is going to run the country?
Is it George W. Bush to declare "Mission Accomplished"?
No, it was Obama. He wanted an aerial view of the 57 states he's president over.
Perhaps a monkey wrote this article ( or few hundred typing randomly? Wouldn't take much more than that)
Seems to me that MANY monkeys have been sent into space by several countries including ours. Also Chimps.
Poor monkey. There he thought he had escaped Iran only to be 'rescued'. Poor monkey.
They sent up Ahmedinejad?
Ayatollah Who???? Must have been a good ride for him.
Bunch of monkey business.
Seriously? "A success for monkeys everywhere?" Let me guess, the writer is a 20-something who's new on the scene of news reporting and thinks that was a witty, creative comment. Get a clue and make a difference in this world instead of just being a member of the sheeple.
Anyone that uses the term "sheeple" is more than likely part of said sheeple since the term demonstrates a profound lack of originality.
Sheeple are great lovers... I used to date a sheeple but dumped her because I'm a nutty right winger and I always do what Rush tells me to do... I should have stayed with her though, making love to that sheeple was much more enjoyable than what Rush makes me do...
That's no monkey. That's a Tea Party Patriot. And it's holding a copy of Sarah Palin's crosshairs poster.
That is funny but shame on you anyway.
"...better THAN surviving your first trip..."
It's nice the president of Iran took a space ride for his country.
You made my day!!! I was laughing so hard at your comment!!!
it was a child of Geo. W. Bush
Geo? What, they sent a car up into space?
Is he still their President?
This is probably just so they can fling poo at us.
No, No! Fling Poo is Chinese, not Iranian.
It's funny because you said poo.
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