Iran launches monkey into space

January 29, 2013 - 2:46:57 am


DUBAI: Iran said yesterday it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile systems that have alarmed the West because the technology could potentially be used to deliver a nuclear warhead.

The Defence Ministry said the space launch of the monkey coincided “with the days of” the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), which was last week, but gave no date in a statement carried by official news agency IRNA.

The launch was “another giant step” in space technology and biological research “which is the monopoly of a few countries”, the statement said.

The small grey monkey was pictured strapped into a padded seat and being loaded into the Kavoshgar rocket dubbed “Pishgam” (Pioneer) which state media said reached a height of more than 120 kilometres.