Iran, a nation notorious for making claims of technological breakthroughs which cannot be independently verified, stated that they have sent a second live monkey into space and safely returned him to Earth, the country’s state-run news agency reported.
The report, which features a monkey strapped to what looks like a car seat, claims that Fargam the space monkey rode a rocket 75 miles into space until his compartment detached and he safely parachuted back down to Earth. The report added that this was Iran’s first use of liquid fuel.
Next, the Islamic Republic says that it seeks to send an astronaut into space as part of their ambitious aerospace program.
‘The launch of Pajohesh is another long step getting the Islamic Republic of Iran closer to sending a man into space,’ the official IRNA news agency said.
Iran’s neighbors and Western nations alike, however, are concerned that long-range ballistic technology – which is used to send satellites into orbit – could similarly be used for dispatching nuclear warheads.
Resultantly, Iran’s neighbors Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have spent large sums of money on American made missile defense systems.
Further, Iran’s technological efforts have led Israelis to call for pre-emprive strikes on Iranian nuclear sites, while they too have spent billions of dollars on U.S. ballistic missile defense systems.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly denied seeking nuclear weapons capability and says it only aims to pursue uranium enrichment as a means of producing electricity so it can export more oil, which the nation has in such great abundance.