iran space rocket Iran claims it sent monkey into space

Iran claims to have successfully launched a monkey into space and returned it to Earth alive, paving the way for the embattled country to send humans to space by 2020, a move that is likely to further increase tensions with other states.

Iran claims to have successfully launched a monkey into space and returned it to Earth alive, paving the way for the embattled country to send humans to space by 2020, a move that is likely to further increase tensions with other states.

 
The Iranian TV station Al-Alam made the claim today, suggesting the Tehran regime made the launch last week, sending the monkey aboard a Kavoshgar rocket 75 miles into suborbit.
 
Iran previously unveiled s space capsule for sending a monkey into space in 2011, but attempts then reportedly failed. It also previously sent a rat, turtles and worms into space in 2010, but retrieving a monkey safely from space is a major feat towards sending a human, echoing achievements from other major powers in the world.
 
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The first chimpanzee in space was called Ham, sent by the US in 1961, four years after Russia successfully sent a dog called Laika into orbit, though she never made it back alive. The so-called space race was a major element of the Cold War and partly what made the two countries major world powers. 
 
Iran's space advancements have been a cause of concern around the world, with many governments suggesting that these rockets can be used to fire nuclear weapons. Iran claims its nuclear facilities are designed for peaceful means, but that did not stop the launch of the mysterious Stuxnet virus, which targeted Iran's nuclear plants, causing significant damage.
 
Iran is not the only country hoping to push its space programme. China is planning to send rovers to the Moon to collect soil samples by 2018, Russia wants to established a robotic base on the Moon by 2032, and NASA wants to land a human on an asteroid by 2025 and send the first human to Mars by 2030.
 
Source: Daily Mail
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