Image from Iranian state TV claiming to show a monkey that was sent into space and back.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian state TV says the country has
successfully sent a monkey into space in what's described as another
step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight.
report said the monkey was sent up in a Pishtam, or Explorer, rocket to a
height of 120 kilometers (72 miles). It gave no other details on the
timing or location of the launch, but said the monkey returned safely.
has said it seeks to send an astronaut into space as part of its
ambitious aerospace program. In 2010, Iran said it launched a rocket
into space carrying a mouse, turtle and worms.
The U.S. and its
allies worry that technology from the space program could also be used
to develop long-range missiles that could potentially be armed with