All right, the Soviets sent live tortoises into space a few times in the late '60s and '70s, including on a 1968 circumlunar flight that was the first to carry live animals into deep space. So this isn't the first time a member of the order Testudines has proven it has the Right Stuff. But by launching some of the smaller variety into space it appears Iran has achieved a "first," one of many the nation aims to notch in coming years.
As part of Space and Technology Day, Iran also unveiled a new homegrown light booster rocket known as Simorgh that purportedly can carry a 220-pound satellite into orbit up 310 miles above the Earth. Three satellites were also revealed: Mesbah-2, Tolou and Navid-e-Elm-o-Sanat, the latter of which could benefit from a NASA-style acronym. But satellite launches aren't Iran's only aeronautical ambition; Iran wants to put a man into space before the decade is out, not because it is easy, but because frankly other nations are not leaping at the opportunity to aid Iran in its space ambitions.
Both Italy and Russia have declined to launch Iranian satellites in the past, and Western governments bristled at today's launch as advanced rocketry isn't something the United States and her allies like to see in the hands of a diplomatically hostile state -- one that may or may not be enriching weapons grade uranium. Iranian authorities did not disclose the nature of the research or the purpose of launching live animals aboard the craft, nor did they disclose the time and place of the launch. The military-green surface-to-air missile truck that paraded the Kavoshgar-3 around to dramatic music prior to lift-off likely didn't help Iran's image either.
But necessity is the mother of invention, they say, so we suppose it's good to see innovation coming out of any corner of Earth, as long as said innovation remains on a peaceful track. Though not usually compared to visionary leaders like JFK, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated publicly that he aims to send Iranian astronauts beyond earth orbit. Keep reaching for the stars.
what is this, i dont even . . . .
Turtles in space? I hope it was "Happy Together". That was a good album. Yup.
the animals were probably protesting the election results.
''but crewing the 10-foot launch vehicle were two turtles, a mouse...''
did these turtles happen to be adolescent, abnormal, and stealthy? if so, which two were left on earth? My bet would be on Raphael.
I wonder if they were Ninja Turtles, and when they come back they will be Ninja Turtles from space, SWEET!
Great - so they now have ballistic capabilities. That's special.
I agree though - turtles. I just keep thinking of the Slowskies on Comcast commercials.
The Iranians really missed an opportunity to spare the animals and send that little madman Ahmadinnerjacket up instead. It's a little like the joke about white lab mice vs. lawyers for test subjects, there are more lawyers and you don't get emotionally attached.
Poor turtles =( I bet they're completely confused =P
The camel must have put up a fight.
Iran, pushing the edge or just Over The Hedge?
Their having problems getting the nukes to work so they will attack us with intercontinental ballistic rabies.
great now they can shoot animals at us ya
Q: What's the differance between the Iranian Space program, and the Iranian Ballistic Nuclear Threat program?
A: Not that much......Think about it.
that's interesting. I wonder why the turtles. Maybe they're cheaper to use?