This morning, PopSci's dedicated "space monkey" news feed lit up with some distressing news: When Iran indefinitely suspended its plans to launch a monkey into space earlier this month, it was actually because they had already tried and failed.
Iranian Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-Nouri told state media that the Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live monkey launched during Shahrivar, which is the Iranian month spanning August 23 to September 22, but the launch was not publicized because it did not accomplish all of its mission objectives. Assuming one of the objectives was to safely carry the monkey to space and back, things don't sound good for the monkey.
My prayers go out to the astronaut and it family! I hope if something bad happen to the monkey, it did not suffer.
Sadly, many animals have died since the first attempts as space flight. Not sure why they didn't use a crash dummy or some other non-living analogy rather than a monkey or other living creature, I understand that back in the hayday of space travel, the tech just wasn't around, now, there is really no excuse (aside from being cheap) that one would use a living creature as a test pilot.
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@CodeZero I was thinking the same thing. There is really no need for the monkey. I don't even think they would need a test dummy of any kind. Just throw a hand full of accelerometers and be done with it. poor lil monkey
You're talking about scientists that operate comparably to us in 1965. I'm not surprised, just sad for the poor monkey.
The ape (or monkey if they went there) probably died as a result of the rocket either being to powerful to be rated for living beings, or their was a failure in life support.
I4Future is right. Accelerometers could have measured flight characterstics of the rocket upon ascension, and special sensors that can monitor life support systems such as pressurization, heating, and air supply could have been used to indicate operational functionality or failure. These are the items technological advancement have given us. They didn't need to harm that animal like that.
Of course if the Iranian govermnent doesn't have the money to afford such specialized devices necessary to conduct safe aerospace R&D, they should do like the Chinese and push to do it when they have the funds to put towards certain endeavors. Of course that's a whole mess of issues in play that will continue to have an effect on their future aerospace plans.
Iran is in a different place in the world and a different time... Morally, Technologically, Everything-ly
a Monkey into space is a "great" achievement for a medieval civilization... plus it's "cooler" than a cosmic ray sensor and g-meter.. half the country doesn't know what those are.. but they know that the US and USSR put animals up there,,, so a monkey unchained & pulled from a corner whore house, stripped of it's make-up, dress swapped for diaper and flightsuit... well that's gonna get the uneducated behind the government that caused the time warp you feel when you travel across the boarder into iran.
Space and nuclear ambitions from a country that would be taxed to build any better than an average WWII fighter plane designed in the 1930's.
Aldron's Last Hope might be listening.
Iran Craigslist ad: "For sale: not-so-gently used monkey"
Iran is a dictatorship, tyrant society with a closed mind of never doing wrong. They do not care about the monkey and think if anyone in their own society is against them, they just soon put them in the rocket too.
when monkeys try to send monkeys into space they are bound to fail unless they send monkeys into space with bananas...iranians who are supposed to be persians are now as stupid as any arab...call it cultural contagion!
@phoenix1012 last time we chatted you learned that Al-Queda was made by the U.S…you admitted it.
Also the Taliban was U.S backed and only came to power because of the C.I.A.
Also “militant Islam “ was an invention of the C.I.A as well. I proved that to you as well..but you went on about the bzantine emipre?? LOL. Okay I counter with the crusades…what’s more barbaric that the torture the world had to endure at the hands of those “Christian” missionaries. Do you have any idead how murderous the catholic church is? Makes Islam look like Disney.
@ptv83 I work with Iranians and an educated Iranian is smarter than the average fat, lazy, american. I promise you that. If you think it’s a medivial country, then what threat are they to the rest of us that live in the 21st century?
Also why are people worried about a monkey? Do you worry about all the cows, chickens and pigs you slaughter? For your McHearattacks?
they be able to send The head of their government Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Instead the monkey They look exactly the same
Like twins he and the monkey
Oh sorry It's not nice to insult the monkey,the monkey Is more smart and beautiful from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!
I feel bad for the Monkey, but let's face it, it was a Monkey. If Iran wasn't such a throwback to the Dark Ages, they could probably get the Tech they needed without re-inventing the wheel (They probably think the wheel is a Zionist conspiracy too).
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