Iran has successfully launched a monkey into suborbital space-- at least, so says Iranian state television. The reports have not been independently verified at this point and Iranian state TV has been known to, shall we say, embellish certain things in the past. But healthy skepticism aside, there's no readily apparent reason not to believe that Iran has actually launched a small primate 75 miles skyward, arcing it into suborbital space aboard a capsule before recovering both capsule and monkey intact.
The real question at this point, then, is why. Iran has twice launched living things toward the heaven before. In 2010, it sent a rat, turtle, and worms into space, and in 2011 it admitted that its first attempt to launch a monkey skyward failed--without elaborating (there is not telling what happened to that monkey). Also in 2010 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran plans to put a man in space by 2020.
Also notable bout Iran: it maintains a belligerent attitude toward the West (and East, and pretty much everybody, actually) and a uranium enrichment program that many Western analysts think is a front for a nuclear weapons program (Iran says it's for peaceful energy and medical purposes). So there are plenty of people around the world that see Iran's space ambitions as a thinly veiled excuse to test long-range ballistic missiles. No word on whether the monkey was weaponized, but doubtlessly someone is looking into it.
I hate to post an off-topic comment, but you really need to proofread this much more thoroughly. There are waaaay too many mistakes.
I'm having trouble understanding why we should be afraid of Iran having nukes. If they ever launched them wouldn't Iran expect to be wiped from the face of the earth even before their pitiful missile is shot out of the sky?
It would only make sense as a deterrent.
You sure that wasn't Mahmoud Ahmadinejad they strapped in and shot up to space??? Looks a lot alike!
Iran puts a monkey in space.
North Korea uses a monkey to steer their rockets and satellites, lol.
Sticking a monkey in a missile and shooting him a hundred kilometers up and getting him back isn't really that impressive at this point... There are any number of hobbyists in America for example that could pull this off easily if you gave them a budget.
I'll be impressed when the monkey orbit the earth a few times before returning -- that's a much more significant threshold crossed.
It look's like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last politcal adviser
@killerT: You're looking at this as if their one stated goal in life wasn't to irradicated the Jewish state.
This is not your Daddy's Cold War. The other side doesn't necessarily see dying as a bad thing.
Let see. Back in around 2009 the current Egyptian president (a Muslim) said that Jews are descendents of apes and pigs. Now Iran (Muslims) send a monkey (ape) to space; thus there are 1 of 3 conclusions that can be drawn:
1) Iran is practicing to send all Jews into space, which is an improvement from annihilating them.
2) The first person to be sent to space by Iran was a Jew, giving the Jews a great honor.
3) Iran uses Jews to run experiments, just like a certain country back in 1930s and 1940s.
Given that terrorists would gladly strap bombs to their bodies for suicide missions to kill Jews, Iran would be perfectly happy knowing that their last act was the total annihilation of Israel. And by the time our nuclear weapons or defensive missiles can reach Iran Israel will be long gone.
You need to look at the other half of the glass; the point is to PREVENT Iran from annihilating Israel, and not just punishing them after the fact.
Agreed though I think instead of launching a direct strike against Israel they would simply transfer the weapon to a group like Hezbollah which would be willing to use it in a terrorist act. Any direct nuclear attack would result in the destruction of Iran.
@ Killer T
If Iran acquired nukes then it would kick start an arms race in the middle east. Saudi Arabia has already openly stated that if Iran acquires nukes they will actively seek them as well. Most of the countries that have nuclear arms also have stable governments that view these weapons as a deterrence and would never use them in a offensive way. Personally I feel that Iran's current government lacks this attribute.
since Iran can use Hezbollah to do the dirty work, that proves even more that we should prevent Iran from obtaining nukes; else they will blame Hezbollah and we all know that our current administration will probably not retaliate against Iran.
This monkey is just taking up space inside the rocket, which would later fill with a nuclear device. The monkey has little to do or none with understanding the effects of being in space.
Politically, the monkey projects a decent enough image to the world…...
I'm glad to see that Iran is catching up, soon they will have color TVs and such. yay Iran.
Another menace slowly and inconspicuously rising.
You know, its funny, that monkey doesn't look Iranian.