Iran: We Launched a Monkey Into Space

News may fuel US rocket concerns
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2013 7:43 AM CST

(Newser) – Somewhere Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might be trying on his spacesuit, because Iran is inching closer to sending a person into space—and perhaps to developing long-range missiles, if US concerns prove accurate. Iranian state TV today said that the country launched a monkey into space and it came home safe and sound, the AP reports. The monkey reportedly went 72 miles in the air in an Explorer rocket. Iran says it had sent some smaller animals into space in 2010, and it hopes a human trip isn't far away. (Read more Iran stories.)

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