Iran renews plan to send monkey into space

Jan 15, 2013
A monkey is tied inside the replica capsule of the Iranian-made rocket during the unveiling ceremony of four new home-built prototype satellites in Tehran on February 7, 2011. Iran will try again to send a live monkey into space after a previous attempt failed in 2011.

Iran will try again to send a live monkey into space after a previous attempt failed in 2011, media reports said Tuesday quoting the space chief, who gave a launch date of before mid-February.

"The final tests for launching the capsule, carrying a monkey, have been completed," Iran's Space Organisation chief Hamid Fazeli said in remarks reported by the Mehr news agency.

Fazeli said the launch would take place during a 10-day period starting January 31, which marks the 34th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, the state television website reported.

Iran has already sent into space—a rat, turtles and worms—but its previous attempt to send a live monkey into space failed in 2011, which was announced without explanation.

Fazeli said the monkey project would help Iran "implement the preparations of sending a man into space," which officials say is scheduled for 2020.

The previous project envisaged launching a capsule with life support using the Kavoshgar-5 rocket to an of 120 kilometres (75 miles) for a 20-minute sub-.

Iran says it has successfully launched three satellites—Omid in February 2009, Rassad in June 2011 and Navid in February 2012.

But it postponed, without explanation, the planned launch in May of another satellite called Fajr.

Iran's programme deeply unsettles Western nations, which fear it could be used to develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads they suspect are being developed in secret.

Tehran has repeatedly denied that its nuclear and scientific programmes mask military ambitions.

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VendicarD
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 15, 2013
Why not just send an Iranian midget?
Skepticus
3.3 / 5 (7) Jan 15, 2013
A Cleric will be much better propaganda value. We have different religions followers in space before, but never a leader thus far!
typicalguy
4.2 / 5 (5) Jan 15, 2013
Forget if its humane or not, what's the point? It's been done before and was always a surrogate for humans. They can either send people up or they can't.
jsdarkdestruction
4.1 / 5 (9) Jan 15, 2013
ugh, why dont they send up their president? he would be a good substitute for a monkey.
that_guy
4.3 / 5 (6) Jan 15, 2013
The fact that the monkey is tied up with a huge amount of tape tells me Three things:

1. The monkey has to be restrained because it is so terrified.
2. If cheap tape is the best restraint they can come up with for their space program, then the monkey has good reason to be terrified.
3. Really? They're so anti-american that they can't even use good old duct tape?
baudrunner
2.4 / 5 (5) Jan 15, 2013
Tehran has repeatedly denied that its nuclear and scientific programmes mask military ambitions.
What was that for?

I feel that my intelligence is insulted, because that little bit of propaganda was completely unnecessary.

seppuku
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 16, 2013
the monkey is probably gonna die because of the Pu-239 radiation :-)
ScottyB
3 / 5 (4) Jan 16, 2013
How backwards
antialias_physorg
1 / 5 (2) Jan 16, 2013
Forget if its humane or not, what's the point?

Developing and testing rocket tech in a way that no one can object to.
An Israeli bombing run on a launch site for a monkey-capsule doesn't look good on the front pages.

the monkey is probably gonna die

Note: 'launch into space'...not 'launch into space and bring back down'.

That said: If they really aim to develop human spacegflight: More power to 'em.