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Iran renews plan to send monkey into space: Reports

Iran will try again to send a live monkey into space after a previous attempt failed in 2011, media reports said Tuesday quoting the space chief, who gave a launch date of before mid-February.

"The final tests for launching the capsule, carrying a monkey, have been completed," Iran's Space Organisation chief Hamid Fazeli said in remarks reported by the Mehr news agency.

Fazeli said the launch would take place during a 10-day period starting January 31, which marks the 34th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, the state television website reported.

Iran has already sent small animals into space -- a rat, turtles and worms -- but its previous attempt to send a live monkey into space failed in 2011, which was announced without explanation.

Fazeli said the monkey project would help Iran "implement the preparations of sending a man into space," which officials say is scheduled for 2020.

The previous project envisaged launching a capsule with life support using the Kavoshgar-5 rocket to an altitude of 120 kilometres (75 miles) for a 20-minute sub-orbital flight.

Iran says it has successfully launched three satellites -- Omid in February 2009, Rassad in June 2011 and Navid in February 2012.

But it postponed, without explanation, the planned launch in May of another satellite called Fajr.

Iran's space programme deeply unsettles Western nations, which fear it could be used to develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads they suspect are being developed in secret.

Tehran has repeatedly denied that its nuclear and scientific programmes mask military ambitions.

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HAMID 4:10 AM

.../ Hi. YOU DON'T GE-TIT SPACE MONKEY.IT IS.

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fitness 5:31 PM

I love fitness!

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6:59 AM

FULL TIME FUN OF MONKEY HAS BEEN SENDING TO IRAN....:))

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md 11:33 PM

Ha..ha.haaaaa...biggest joke in 2013 iran sending monkey to space ha...ha..haaaaa...wat a funny 1st ask them to how to fly aeroplan?

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louai hassan 9:05 AM

القرد في إيران للتجارب الفضائية. عنــدنا للحكم!!!

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louai hassan 8:52 AM

القردة عند الأيرانين للتجارب الفضائية . عندنا للحكم ،والتحكم بمقدراتنا!!

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Shahida 11:24 PM

Y do Western's fear of Iran's space experiment don't they experiment do we fear or raise an issue that we are unsettled by this experiment of theirs. I presume Westerns should think positive and come out of this negative approach towards Muslim World.

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luqman 7:30 PM

this is good way to iran but this is not pure irani tecnologys may be this time involoved with russia

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Ibrahim 4:06 PM

@ sofia..quite true that animals lives shouldnt be taken for granted but i think attention should be drawn to more than thousand nuclear tests conducte d by the US since 1960s inclduing under water and mid-air explosions. Has anyone calculated the number of species that may have gone extinct, not to mention the number ( which may be in thousands) which died in the aftermath of tests

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Jess 8:06 PM

Aren't we passed the cruel point of sending helpless animals to die in space?! There must be a way to monitor energy levels and the interior habitat of the shuttle without using live creatures. If Iran wants to go in space, be my guest, but at least have the courage to do it right. And honestly, considering how our planet is being destroyed by our politicians, I can without a doubt that a man's life is NOT necessarily more important than an animal's life.

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