Iran plans to send monkey into space

2011-06-27 20:55

Tehran - Iran plans to send a live monkey into space next month, the latest advance in a missile and space programme which has alarmed Israel and its western allies that fear the Islamic Republic is seeking nuclear weapons.

The official IRNA news agency on Monday quoted the head of Iran's Space Agency as saying five monkeys were undergoing tests before one is selected for the flight on board a Kavoshgar-5 rocket. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last August that Iran planned to send a man into space by 2017.

Western countries are concerned the long-range ballistic technology used to propel Iranian satellites into orbit could be used to launch atomic warheads. Tehran denies such suggestions and says its nuclear work is purely peaceful.

Last week, Iran launched its second domestically built satellite into orbit, the Rasad 1 (Observation), which it said was for transmitting images and weather forecasts.

  • Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 21:06

    Why not send Mahmoud Ahmadinejad instead? When he hits the button he can get a banana!

      Zanu - 2011-06-28 05:24

      haha. I have not cracked a smile in the last 30 odd years about Iran. But reading this headline, and having called ahmadinejad a monkey for years... LOL ye its good :))

      Vernon - 2011-06-28 09:22

      No,send our woodworker and press the self distruct when its in orbit.

  • jock - 2011-06-27 21:12

    They had a test to see who was the most qualified in the country and the monkey won

      Martin - 2011-06-28 08:55

      How are you qualified to make this observation? Have you ever been to Iran?

  • Cornix - 2011-06-27 22:38

    Oh dear, they are so far behind the USA and Russia.

      Irené - 2011-06-28 09:04

      Actually NASA only suspended live test flights last year, and that was inly thajks to the animal activists, if you bothered to research you would know the the US had been sending live animals into space for 40 years now, same probably for RUSSIA

  • Palian - 2011-06-28 00:27

    'Iran plans to send monkey into space' But will Jellyarse get air sick?

  • Aabfrits - 2011-06-28 01:03

    What the president going intop space. Do you think he is bright enough?

      peter the gr - 2011-06-28 12:06

      he don't have to be. . . he won't be coming back!!!

  • Martin - 2011-06-28 08:56

    This is so funny, knowing that Iranians call their president "that Crazy Monkey."

  • justme...again - 2011-06-28 10:15

    Yes! So we're finally saying goodbye to JM?!

  • Koring - 2011-06-28 11:13

    ha ha ha ha . They didn't say which monkey. there are so many of them there. I take it this one will also wear a turban. Actually justine hasn't too bad an idea. Vernon even better

  • Moegaapie - 2011-06-28 13:13

    i didn't know julias malema is an astronaut!!

  • Barry M - 2011-06-28 13:49

    They can start with their president - he is the biggest monkey they have.

  • Ilan - 2011-06-28 15:19

    They should send ahmadinejad into space.

  • tracer - 2011-06-28 18:45

    they could send their president if they're looking for a monkey....

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