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Iran Plans To Launch Monkey Into Space

Iran Plans To Launch Monkey Into Space

Iran plans to send a live monkey into space this summer and states that it already launched several small animals aboard its Kavoshgar-3 rocket in 2010.† Officials say it is part of the country’s goal to send a man into space by 2020.

Reports of the launch were given on Iran’s state television after the Rasad-1 satellite was sent into orbit 163 miles above the Earth on June 16. Rasad, which means “Observation” in Farsi, will be used for gathering data.

“The Kavoshgar-5 rocket will be launched during the month of Mordad (July 23 to August 23) with a 285-kilogramme capsule carrying a monkey to an altitude of 120 kilometers (74 miles),” Hamid Fazeli, head of Iran’s Space Organization said to AFP.

Animal rights groups in the region are outraged over the decision and call it inhumane.† They are asking for the Iranian government to “rethink the plan.”

The Bikyamasr newspaper in Dubai interviewed Dina Yussif, a Jordanian animal advocate about the situation. “Other countries have already sent animals into space and now they are going to be doing the same thing,” she said.”Why? I will fight this as hard as possible from here and hopefully someone will listen.”

In February, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed a capsule that was designed to carry a live monkey into space and Fazeli touted the launch of a large animal as the first step in sending a man into space, which Tehran says is scheduled for 2020.

Then in March the government tested the capsule with a monkey shaped doll.

This is not the first time Iran will be sending animals into space.† The country sent a rat, turtles and worms aboard its Kavoshgar-3 rocket in 2010.

The government also plans to launch three more satellites in the next few months.† Countries in the West are concerned about Iran’s space program because the technology involved is the same that can be used to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied that claim.

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2:54AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

I hope the people planning on this gets AIDS and cancer at the same time. Stop sending living beings into space without their consent or I hope you choke on your own blood : |

9:04PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

Stupidity is a disease.

7:36PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Why? So they can prove what idiots they are?

11:29AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

I thought those times were over now when we send people to the moon etc. Sad!! Thanks for sharing

4:23PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

thanks for letting us know, sorry for monkey

2:47PM PST on Nov 16, 2011


3:52PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

I can not believe that no one has started a petition regarding this! This is horrible, and way worse than a lot of other causes on here that people have been so outraged by that they have started a petition. I emplore someone to start a petition, please! I would, but I'm bedridden with a spinal injury, and I have only partial use of one hand. Anyone?

2:24PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

May I suggest you cram Ahmadinejad into the capsule and send it off on a one-way journey? That would make a lot of people extremely happy and happiness prolongs life!

8:40AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Poor animal...

1:18AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Humans are the most selfish creatures on earth. They exploit the helpless animals for their own self interests, I hope the plan to send monkeys into space can be prevented, not only in Iran but in every country that has the facilities of space flight and using animals as tools for their experimentation.

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