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Iran plans to send monkey into space
London, Jun 16 (IANS/Agencies):
Published on 16 Jun. 2011 10:23 PM IST
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Iran plans to send a live monkey into space, a media report said Thursday.
The space capsule designed to carry a live monkey was unveiled by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in February.
“The Kavoshgar-5 rocket will be launched during the month of Mordad (July 23 to August 23) with a 285-kg capsule carrying a monkey to an altitude of 120 km,” the Daily Mail quoted Hamid Fazeli, head of Iran’s Space Organisation, as saying.
Yesterday, the Islamic republic successfully put its Rassad-1 (Observation-1) satellite into orbit 260 kilometres above the Earth.
The move raised fears surrounding Iran’s nuclear activity as the technology could also be used to fire powerful nuclear warheads. There was no independent confirmation of the launch or of the satellite achieving orbit, which was firsst reported by State TV. It would be the second satellite Iran has put into orbit. The first, named Omid, was launched in 2009.
In 2010, Iran sent a rat, turtles and worms into space aboard its Kavoshgar-3 rocket.

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