January 28th, 2013
02:30 PM ET

Iran sends monkey to space

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.

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  1. angeson

    I'm sure they did send monkeys. Maybe Amadimwitajad's brother. And probable on an IED shaped charge missile.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
  2. chuck wagon

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
  3. RobbD

    Monkeys are so stupid.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
  4. wayne

    Godspeed Ahmadinejad.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • Len

      I guess that is Iran's idea of retirement.

      January 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
  5. k

    A monkey....how cute! lol

    January 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
  6. michele Nocchi

    wow! Did they finally get rid of Ahmadinejad?

    January 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  7. Wazzup

    Racists! Why didn't they dwarf a camel and send it in the space?

    January 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
  8. Meki60

    not true, Obama is still in Washington

    January 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
  9. tom

    Monkey from Iran??.....doesn't narrow the field much.

    January 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
  10. piranha

    Well, the monkey lost the bet, so of you gooooooooooo. Arhhkt arhhkt aarrhhktt.

    January 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  11. PlanetoftheApes

    Space traveling monkeys? What will those wacky Iranians think of next? Laser cats?

    January 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • piranha

      They were going to send a goat, but her husband, Ackmadenijab objected.

      January 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
  12. ug

    Yep...it was Ovomits twin.

    January 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  13. really Iran?

    Sending an animal into space and calling it a big deal is so 1947

    January 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • mabear87

      Was the monkey Akmajinobad (spelling is off)? That would have been a good thing.

      January 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
  14. Jay K

    "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.

    January 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
  15. Major Bummer

    So how did Ahmadinejad enjoy the ride?

    January 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Adam

      Darn! I was going to make that joke!

      January 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
      • Ron

        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.

        January 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • kimo

      don't insult the monkey....

      January 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
  16. TheAntiChrist

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
  17. fbrookman

    ..he defected..

    January 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • piranha

      Worst, he defecated.

      January 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  18. LAST DAY

    The Doomsday is fast approaching! Wake up, be prepared;

    January 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • WaitWhat?

      Gee, Thanks for the heads up. Since we dodged the Mayan calendar thing I thought we could relax.

      January 31, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
  19. John-NYC

    mmmm yumm, Monkey brains for dinner next Wednesday. LOL

    January 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
  20. heliocracy

    60 years behind in aerospace, 800 years behind in culture.

    January 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • propsbot

      +5 heliocracy.

      January 29, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  21. sammy

    you mean Iran has 2 mokeys.the one that went into space and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    January 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
    • bill.x

      Is a buffoon a monkey.

      January 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
  22. tron777

    We will zap them with our death star.

    January 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
  23. Michael John Anthony

    "What's better THAN surviving your first trip to space". Sad to see on CNN.

    January 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
  24. Premal D.Shah

    They sent a monkey just to test whether Ahmedinajad will survive in space if the earth runs out of space.

    January 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  25. Patines

    It was just around the corner, 75 miles.

    January 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • bill.x

      A plane is way up there at 40,000 feet.

      January 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
  26. Matt

    HAHA we did that 70 years ago!

    January 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
  27. jkflipflop

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • heliocracy

      I'm actually glad they can't just buy an ICBM-class rocket from China...it's a good sign for non-proliferation.

      January 28, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • Ron

      You mean, the next looney mission.

      January 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • propsbot

      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.

      January 29, 2013 at 10:57 am |
  28. Josef Bleaux

    They sent Ahmadinejad into space?

    January 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • hitech

      Took what would have been my comment before I could put it in. Only difference is that I call him President Ahmanutjob.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • Michael

      Yup – I heard the same thing !! They hope to have the technology in 7 years, to bring him back !! 😉

      January 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
  29. coalminer

    We can thank Carter for the mess in Iran.

    January 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • retiree

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
      • Ron

        I agree with you.

        January 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • mindstorms

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • aaron

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
  30. larry

    doesn't north korea and iran in space don't that make you sleep better?

    January 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • heliocracy

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
      • JZG

        We tested anti satellite rockets in the 70s, for gods sake.

        February 5, 2013 at 7:05 am |
  31. Zoglet

    Congratulations Iran.
    The more countries in space the better.

    January 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • Carl

      So with the monkey in space who the hell is running the country?

      January 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
      • piranha

        The monkey's uncle, who else.

        January 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  32. larry

    north korea and iran in space don't that make you sleep better?

    January 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
  33. coalminer

    Maybe they will have ONE MASSIVE Nuclear disaster

    January 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  34. The_Mick

    "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?

    January 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • In Soviet Russia the commentors educate the journalist

      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?

      January 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  35. too serious_not

    the monkeys says he was just glad to get out of Iran for a while

    January 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  36. Scott R

    An international news organization and it doesn't catch someone using then instead of than.

    January 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  37. Steven Colo

    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?

    January 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
  38. Jscott

    I knew President Ahmadinejad was always supposed to be an astronaut

    January 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
  39. Satirist

    They sent Mahmoud InADinnerJacket into space??

    January 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
  40. Rob-Texas

    Kind of suprising we hear about it after the fact.

    January 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
  41. Demigod Vadik, CA

    So, Iran sent Ahmedinajad into space???!!!

    January 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • Bubba

      Man, you took my joke!

      January 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
      • Brad

        Yea, me too. He went into space as a monkey and came back as Ahmadinejad!

        January 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
      • Brad

        Yep, that's him in the picture...............

        January 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • Baa Weet

      and a monkey flew out of his butt?

      January 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  42. history bear

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Demigod Vadik, CA

      Again, SO WHAT???!!!!!

      January 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
      • Neda

        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.

        January 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
    • Neda

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
      • Demigod Vadik, CA

        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

        January 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • tron777

      Not to worry, we have the death star.

      January 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
      • Neda


        January 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
  43. nemo

    Amedinajad is travelling to space !!! BIG DEAL !

    January 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  44. Erbit

    Poor monkey...someone should strap the rag head tyrants of Iran and shoot them into orbit.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • Jerry

      No, they should just shoot them, period.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
  45. Marc

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
  46. AtheistHuman

    ... I meant "stresses". D@mn autocorrect.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  47. AtheistHuman

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • history bear

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • northerstar

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
      • heliocracy

        To what end? When did mutually assured destruction become forgotten?

        January 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
      • TickedinNY

        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.

        January 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  48. Weasley

    Have they figured out how to get the monkey down from space?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  49. Boris

    When does Ahmadinejad come back?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • piranha

      When pigs fly. Oh, he's next.

      January 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  50. Clean Coal is an Oxymoron

    Does that mean the Iranian vice-president was in charge while the monkey was out of the country?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  51. jonp



    January 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Scott

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • piranha

      That was the message sent back by the monkey from space.

      January 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  52. Herby Sagues

    Welcome Iran to the fifties!

    January 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • Scott

      Herby, you re so valuable to this country. All you can do is buy something that is made in another country.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
      • Maple Syrup

        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

        January 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  53. Tony in STL

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • me

      Geez Tony, sorry if we've offended you... we can't all be monkey's who've worked for the Iranian Government...

      January 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
      • Tony in STL

        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.

        January 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
      • Tony in STL

        you=your, ...and no 2 spaces after the period. I'm sure you caught that too though. Thanks!

        January 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  54. shawski2013

    How can they be sure it IS a monkey?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  55. Greg Faith

    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?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  56. Ben

    It's better than Israelis spray painting "Jesus was a monkey" on Christian holy sites.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  57. PushingBack

    In a related story, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not been seen and is feared missing.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • asdrel

      "feared missing"? From my perspective it would be "hoped missing".

      January 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • warren

      he most likely is in a corner eating bananas somewhere............. he is hungry after that trip into space.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
  58. ozwest

    Why would they send a poor innocent monkey? They should have sent one of their stupid men instead!!!

    January 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • piranha

      Well for one thing, the monkey is more capable and courageous, he will rule eye ran when he re turn.

      January 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
  59. Planet of the Apes

    I want to post something meaningful, but I can't stop laughing...

    January 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Maple Syrup

      LOL 🙂

      January 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • monkey in the middle

      I got back but my friend, the guy who played the music while I danced....did not make it back

      January 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
  60. davecu

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
  61. fungobat

    Is that mojo jojo? Truly, an axis of evil.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
  62. Loathstheright

    Well, the only monkey I see is the ones posting here.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • me

      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?

      January 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • piranha

      Yeah, you included.

      January 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
  63. bribarian

    Iran is quite an inspiration, even with illegal sanctions on them, they continue to defy the odds.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • ozwest

      They certainly have not distinguised themselves in human rights and especially womens' rights!!!

      January 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • Erbit

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
  64. Truth

    I guess even Iranians hate black people.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • ozwest

      'scuse me. At least Black people have souls, unlike the majority of male Iranian dirtbags!!!

      January 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • asdrel

      I just knew someone would interject a racist comment sooner or later.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  65. Duckofdeath

    Sending their special forces soldiers will not catapult them into a space race with Qatar or any other country. Keep dreaming Iran.......

    January 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  66. The Mayor of Medinah

    I though it was Harry Reid for a quick second

    January 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
  67. Bill

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • me

      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...

      January 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • rickirs

      Yes, it makes one wonder why Iran has chosen such a disresepctful path.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  68. The Mayor of Medinah

    So they now have an ICBM.... now what

    January 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Steve Colburn

      Inter Continental Ballistic Monkey?

      January 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
  69. The Mayor of Medinah

    It was Mr. Ahmadinejad

    January 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • me

      Actually... it looks more like his mom... reportedly, she has very hairy forearms and big ears, and likes to be shot into space...

      January 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
      • piranha

        Actually, it was his twin sister. Da*n, perish the thought. Yuk.....I keel u.

        January 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
  70. Jojo

    Iranian Monkey in Space.....just sounds funny to me.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  71. Mike from Seattle

    Unfortunately, he wasn't able to take his Street Organ with him.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • Tom

      Ahmadinejad being his Hurdy Gurdy!

      January 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • piranha

      The organ he brought up with him was better to play with. Tissue please.

      January 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  72. George

    My first reaction was the astronaut must have been Ahmadinejad's brother.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Mach-mood

      Close, but no cigar. That's an Iranian woman (know you know why they wear burkas).

      January 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  73. Ijas Fahted

    Now if they would only admit they sent a monkey to address the UN.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  74. danno

    Just a cover to test their nuke delivery system.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  75. CongoInOakland

    THIS is gonna revolutionize their heroin trafficking.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  76. Buck

    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.....


    January 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • JonathanL

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Realist

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • Buck

        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...........

        January 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Felix

      So I guess Joe and Felix never jumped from the edge of space either?

      January 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • me

      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!

      January 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
      • Buck

        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.....

        January 29, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • You Sir, are a dumb***

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
      • Buck

        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............

        January 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  77. CdW

    BFD...a PRIVATE US aerospace company sent a man into space in a powered space vehicle several years ago. Much ado about nothing.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  78. Paul

    " During the 1950s, for example, the Russians launched a mixed-breed dog, Laika, into orbit" The United States also sent monkeys into space.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Thaddeus Kozubal

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
  79. Mattman

    No one reported that the monkey actually survived.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  80. Rick

    Laika died though, the Russians never planned for a recovery.

    The money has learned his lesson for refusing conversion to islam.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  81. Jack 63

    How the heck did they get Ahmadinejad into the capsule.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • JonathanL

      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.

      January 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  82. genold

    Where's the monkeys beard and turban? Where's it's copy of the Koran?

    January 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  83. davejjj

    If they sent the monkey into space then who is going to run the country?

    January 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  84. Arturo

    Is it George W. Bush to declare "Mission Accomplished"?

    January 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • slamajamma

      No, it was Obama. He wanted an aerial view of the 57 states he's president over.

      January 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  85. MarkinFL

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  86. rosie

    Poor monkey. There he thought he had escaped Iran only to be 'rescued'. Poor monkey.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  87. oldguy

    They sent up Ahmedinejad?

    January 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  88. ramsglen

    Ayatollah Who???? Must have been a good ride for him.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
  89. ER

    Bunch of monkey business.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  90. vapforever

    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.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • cw

      Anyone that uses the term "sheeple" is more than likely part of said sheeple since the term demonstrates a profound lack of originality.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • me

      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...

      January 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  91. palintwit

    That's no monkey. That's a Tea Party Patriot. And it's holding a copy of Sarah Palin's crosshairs poster.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • HenryB

      That is funny but shame on you anyway.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  92. Can't let it go

    "...better THAN surviving your first trip..."

    January 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  93. Organic1

    It's nice the president of Iran took a space ride for his country.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • sandy

      You made my day!!! I was laughing so hard at your comment!!!

      January 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  94. alex

    it was a child of Geo. W. Bush

    January 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • slamajamma

      Geo? What, they sent a car up into space?

      January 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  95. empresstrudy

    Is he still their President?

    January 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  96. svann

    This is probably just so they can fling poo at us.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Elizabeth


      January 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • snowdogg

      No, No! Fling Poo is Chinese, not Iranian.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • clinky

      It's funny because you said poo.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
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