Iran claims successful launch of space rocket!

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and satellite

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and satellite

Love the way the press pick up on the strangest of things — almost every story about Iran’s alleged ‘successful’ launch of a rocket into space mention the word ‘Monkey’!

Iran says it has successfully launched a rocket capable of carrying animals into orbit as it presses ahead with a space program that Western powers fear could be used to develop nuclear missile capability.

The Kavoshgar-4 rocket, designed to carry a monkey, was launched on March 15, the country’s official IRNA news agency reported Thursday, according to AFP. The capsule, which was empty, reached an orbit of 75 miles, The Associated Press said.

The Iranian Space Agency managed to “test the system performance … the launch platform, engine, electronic and telemetry systems and the system of separation” between the rocket and its load.

It appears the capsule was empty, but it’s not clear if Iran plans to send animals into space.

Source: Iran claims successful launch of rocket capable of carrying monkey into space

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