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. Flyer1mach1

    So Buck -not, no object from earth thats been in outerspace that returned back to earth, is not true for you. Bcoz you have this habbit of reasoning out that re-entry at hypersonic speeds renders anything impossible to get through atmosphere undamaged due to getting burned up. Dude, you're just trying to mislead every1. We're now in the 2010's. Highly heat-resistant materials are already developed. They can acquire it. Accept the facts man. Dont need to be bitter.

    February 2, 2013 at 4:01 am |
  2. aj

    Why would they send their supreme leader into space?

    January 30, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  3. Bubba Walter

    When the Monkey left Iran for outer space, it drove the IQ of the entire Middle East up!

    January 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Tim Dodge

    Oh man I just got to read the posts on this story LOL

    January 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Alfredo

    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!....

    January 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
  6. Republican in space

    It was probably just Newt Gingrinch, hitching a ride to find a landing zone for his moon colony.

    January 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
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