Iran launches monkey into space

YEGANEH TORBATI
Last updated 05:00 29/01/2013

Relevant offers

World

Iraq declares state of emergency after Green Zone Breach Malia Obama is off to Harvard, but first she's taking a gap year Donald Trump: If I win Indiana, the race is over Boy, 11, shoots home intruder Royal family: New photos of Princess Charlotte released Transgender fight in the United States shifts to a new front: the toilet Turkish police fire tear gas, detain 200 in May Day scuffles in Istanbul Derailed freight train near Washington, DC, leaking hazardous liquid Starbucks sued for $7.15 million over too much ice Barack Obama doesn't disappoint at final star-studded correspondents' dinner

Iran has successfully launched a live monkey into space, the Fars news agency reported on Monday, lauding it as an advance in a missile and space programme that has alarmed the West and Israel.

There was no independent confirmation of the report and there have been no announcements by Western powers of any Iranian launch late last week.

Fars said the monkey was launched into space on a Kavoshgar rocket.

The rocket reached a height of more than 120 kilometres and ‘‘returned its shipment intact‘‘, Fars reported.

Iran announced plans in 2011 to send a monkey into space, but that attempt was reported to have failed.

Western countries are concerned the long-range ballistic technology used to propel Iranian satellites into orbit could be used to launch atomic warheads.

Tehran denies such suggestions and says its nuclear work is purely peaceful.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content