October 14, 2013
Iranian scientists are planning to send a second monkey into space,
state-funded Press TV cited the deputy head of the country’s space
agency as saying.
Press TV cited the deputy head of the Iranian Space Agency as saying
that a second primate could be sent into space before the end of next
In January, Iran’s Press TV reported that a primate had been successfully launched into space.
However other media outlets, such as Britain’s The Telegraph,
questioned whether the launch had been a success, suggesting that the
monkey paraded before the public as the country’s first successful
simian spaceman looked noticeably different from the one shown in
Iranian officials responded to those reports, explaining that some
footage shown was archive, but stressing that a monkey had been sent
into space successfully, and that the voyage had not had a detrimental
effect on its health.
Iran’s space agency has said that launching a monkey into space is
part of ongoing preliminary work ahead of a manned space mission – which
they hope to carry out within the next five to eight years.