21 Jun '11, 6am

Iran Plans To Launch Monkey Into Space | Care2 Causes

Iran Plans To Launch Monkey Into Space | Care2 Causes

Iran plans to send a live monkey into space this summer and states that it already launched several small animals aboard its Kavoshgar-3 rocket in 2010. Officials say it is part of the country’s goal to send a man into space by 2020. Reports of the launch were given on Iran’s state television after the Rasad-1 satellite was sent into orbit 163 miles above the Earth on June 16. Rasad, which means “Observation” in Farsi, will be used for gathering data. “The Kavoshgar-5 rocket will be launched during the month of Mordad (July 23 to August 23) with a 285-kilogramme capsule carrying a monkey to an altitude of 120 kilometers (74 miles),” Hamid Fazeli, head of Iran’s Space Organization said to AFP. Animal rights groups in the region are outraged over the decision and call it inhumane. They are asking for the Iranian government to “rethink the plan.” The Bikyamasr newspaper in Du...

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