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Iran sends second monkey into space

Posted: 27 February 2014. Updated: 7 May 2014


At the end of 2013, the Iranian Space Agency announced they had launched a second monkey into space. According to a tweet from President Hassan Rouhani the monkey, named Fargam, was “returned safe & sound” but no detail of the launch time or place was disclosed. Fargam was sent into space to an altitude of 120 km for 15 minutes before being returned to earth. A similar mission was apparently completed back in January 2013 – press photos showed the monkey which had “returned safely” heavily restrained and clearly traumatised – after a failed attempt in September 2011. Another rocket launch in February 2010 sent worms, turtles and a rodent into space.

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