Iran to Try Launching Monkey Into Space Again

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PostTue Jan 15, 2013 7:21 pm » by One-23


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Iranian space officials announced they will make another attempt to launch a live monkey into space within the next month, according to news reports.

"Testing phase of these living capsules has ended and monkeys to be sent to space are now in quarantine," Hamid Fazeli, head of the Iranian Space Agency, was quoted as saying by the country's Mehr News Agency on Tuesday (Jan. 15).

"These monkeys will be sent into space according to a timetable on Fajr Ceremonies," Fazeli said, referring to a 10-day period in the beginning of February when the Iranian Revolution is commemorated. He added that the capsule is called Pishgam, which means "pioneer" in Farsi.

Iran apparently failed in a 2011 effort to launch a live monkey into space. News reports out of the country at that time did not explain what went wrong, but the plan had been to send a Rhesus monkey into orbit atop a Kavoshgar-5 rocket.

A successful mission this time around would seem to advance Iran's goal of sending a human into space by 2020 and an astronaut on the moon by 2025.

"Monkeys have similarities to humans, so with them in space, we can examine human factors in space," Fazeli told Mehr News.

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