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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Iran Plans to Launch Monkey into Space

No joke here: Iran's space program has announced plans to orbit a monkey in the next month or so. Iran's space program is increasingly ambitious, though after only two successful satellite launches it may not augur well for the future of the monkey. Back in 1957 the Soviet Union sent the dog Laika up on only the second Sputnik, but with no intention of bringing her back. It isn't clear if Iran expects to recover the monkey.


ih said...

They are sending AJ to space?

Michael Collins Dunn said...


And here I was feeling good about myself for not making a joke (that one in fact) about this story.