Iran Might Have Faked Its Monkey Launch
British newspapers examine photos, smell a rat
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2013 3:23 PM CST
In this undated image taken from AP Television, scientists in Iran surround the space monkey (supposedly).   (AP Photo/AP Video)

(Newser) – Iran announced with great fanfare this week that it launched a monkey into space and brought him home safely. Hold the trumpets, though: British newspapers the Times, the Telegraph, and the Independent now say, or at least strongly suggest, that Iran is lying. Why? In part because the monkey celebrated at a news conference after the supposed return trip looks different than the one that went up. One has some kind of a mole above the right eye and the other doesn't. The link to the Independent here has a decent before-and-after comparison.

"The likely explanations are either that the original monkey died during its flight and Iran didn't want to admit it, or that the flight never happened at all," writes Rosie Gray at BuzzFeed. Even before the monkey photos surfaced, BuzzFeed reported that scientists were skeptical that Iran could have achieved the feat.

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Feb 5, 2013 11:02 AM CST
There is only one way to tell if this is the same monkey. We must hook up electrical wiring to the monkey. And get Peter Gabriel to throw the switch.
Feb 4, 2013 7:31 AM CST
No surprise, here. Iran has faked the development of new models of tanks, helicopters, fighter jets, & a phony armed drone. They faked photos of a multiple missile launch, after a launchpad explosion. So a fake space launch, conducted behind closed doors, with no foreign reporters allowed to see it? No surprise.
Feb 3, 2013 2:17 PM CST
Looks like the unique "Goat Monkey". They run wild in Iran.