This Is The Terrified Monkey That Iran Shot Into Space

The Iranian government announced on Monday that they had successfully launched a monkey into space. The monkey has now safely returned to Earth. None of this, however, has been independently verified.

1. This screenshot from Iran’s Press TV, broadcast on January 28, 2013, shows an Iranian scientist holding a monkey the Islamic Republic is claiming they shot into space.

2. The only details Iran has released about the monkey’s mission is that he was sent up in a Pishtam rocket and reached a height of 72 miles.

3. UPDATE: A new image of the monkey, pre-flight, has emerged.

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Also, experts are less than impressed with the “achievement,” suggesting it may be a cover for missile tests.

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