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The monkey that was sent into space today  (Source:
A monkey was launched in a capsule called Pishgam (Pioneer)

Iran said it successfully sent a monkey into sub-orbital flight today, which is only the first step in its space plans toward a manned mission in 2020.

According to Iran Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, a monkey was launched in a capsule called Pishgam (Pioneer) to an altitude of 75 miles. The monkey returned safely and the capsule was intact.

"This success is the first step towards man conquering the space and it paves the way for other moves," said Vahidi. "Today's successful launch follows previous successes we had in launching (space) probes with other living creatures (on board). The monkey, which was sent in this launch, landed safely and alive and this is a big step for our experts and scientists."

The Islamic republic has sent other animals into space, such as worms, rats and turtles, but this is the first time a monkey was sent successfully on a sub-orbital flight. An attempt was made with a monkey in 2011, but the mission failed for reasons unknown.

However, it successfully sent three satellites into orbit, including Omid in 2009, Rassad in 2011 and Navid in 2012.

Iran hopes to send a human to space in 2020. 

This will likely make Western nations nervous, as they've accused Iran of secretly developing ballistic missiles. The same technology used for the rockets can be used for ballistic missiles.

In July of last year, China completed its first manned space docking using the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft and the Tiangong 1 space module. It launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gansu province in northern China.

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I like persians
By chµck on 1/28/2013 8:15:03 PM , Rating: 1
What's with the anti-iranian sentiment?

RE: I like persians
By Flunk on 1/28/13, Rating: -1
RE: I like persians
By chµck on 1/28/13, Rating: -1
RE: I like persians
By Shadowself on 1/28/2013 9:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
Provide references to your "proof"!

RE: I like persians
By chµck on 1/28/2013 11:43:42 PM , Rating: 1
search for "britam defence"

RE: I like persians
By chµck on 1/28/13, Rating: 0
RE: I like persians
By aspartame on 1/29/13, Rating: -1
RE: I like persians
By FaaR on 1/29/2013 5:51:17 AM , Rating: 3
Your trolling need to become more subtle if it is to be effective. Everybody's seen the footage of actual airplanes hitting buildings, so they'll immediately see you as the fail troll you are (or, well, insane.)

RE: I like persians
By Dorkyman on 1/29/2013 12:10:46 PM , Rating: 1
(Rolls eyes)

RE: I like persians
By inperfectdarkness on 1/29/2013 2:55:42 AM , Rating: 4
Well let's start with the fact that the country is ran by a holocaust denier, and it goes downhill from there.

How many homosexuals have been publicly executed by the federal government of the USA again? Please remind me?

RE: I like persians
By Aloonatic on 1/29/13, Rating: -1
RE: I like persians
By Misty Dingos on 1/29/2013 8:07:51 AM , Rating: 4
It looks like about 49% of countries still have the death penalty on the books for a host of crimes that vary from country to country.

The USofA has a progressive court system and rigorous appeal process for convicted persons. And many individual US states have abolished the death penalty. The USofA will also agree not to apply the death penalty to cases where extradition is required and the country from which they are being extradited has a ban on the death penalty. Also there is an active and effective anti-death penalty movement in the USofA. I will freely admit that in the past the death penalty in the USofA was abused and innocent people were executed. The reality today is much different, with much of the argument as to whether people charged with capital offenses are receiving competent and effective defense from their attorneys. Number of executions in the USofA last year: 43

Please make this any of these arguments for the country of Iran. Where people can be executed for various and sundry offenses that are largely religious in nature or simply because they are annoying or embarrassing the the people in power. Number of executions in Iran last year: 360+

While the USofA is not the icon of virtue many hold it to be it is not the beacon of religious zealotry, savagery, intolerance, and in general seventh century thinking that Iran prides itself on.

RE: I like persians
By chµck on 1/29/2013 6:38:14 PM , Rating: 1
There's evidence to suggest the holocaust was a hoax. How do you know for sure that it happened, your history books? History is written by the victors. The '6 million' numbers had been thrown around decades before ww2 ended and the concentration camps were found?
Pic related:
Jew propaganda:

RE: I like persians
By inperfectdarkness on 1/30/2013 2:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
David Irving, is that you? Do you also wear a tin-foil hat, and believe the US government fired missiles into the WTC just so they could blame Bin Laden?

Monkey ?
By Hector2 on 1/28/2013 7:41:10 PM , Rating: 5
Wow. I'm impressed. They were so confident in success, they sent up their President

RE: Monkey ?
By Motoman on 1/28/2013 9:28:48 PM , Rating: 3
Heh. I do see a resemblance...

In all seriousness, this is one sad monkey.

RE: Monkey ?
By sorry dog on 1/28/2013 9:48:48 PM , Rating: 2
He looks almost as miserable as the average Iranian wife...

Not the same
By Shadowself on 1/28/2013 9:38:30 PM , Rating: 2
This will likely make Western nations nervous, as they've accused Iran of secretly developing ballistic missiles. The same technology used for the rockets can be used for ballistic missiles.
Yes, the general concepts are the same. HOWEVER, the accuracies required for long range ballistic missiles is far, far more stringent than is required for either suborbital or orbital flights. They really aren't in the same league. For example, China had ICBMs and launch vehicles of a wide range of sizes -- including launch vehicles capable of sending large satellites to geostationary orbit that they were providing to U.S. customers. However, it was not until the late 90s that their ICBM accuracy became good enough to be a real concern.

Truly accurate long range ballistic missiles can be placed with great accuracy. The accuracy required for suborbital or orbital launches will get you within several dozen city blocks at best. With this kind of accuracy you could shoot for a military base next to a city and hit the city instead. IF you don't care about that kind of collateral damage then suborbital or orbital accuracy requirements are all you need.

RE: Not the same
By ZorkZork on 1/29/2013 4:24:56 AM , Rating: 2
With nukes you don't need much precision ...

RE: Not the same
By xtort107 on 1/29/2013 7:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
We have missile defense, you have to be VERY accurate with lots of warheads to be able to hit your target relatively close with a nuke, anyhow China has no first strike capability so consider the fact that we still have the upper hand.

RE: Not the same
By Mint on 1/29/2013 8:25:35 AM , Rating: 3
Missile defense has to be insanely accurate and comprehensive to be a deterrent. If an enemy fires 10 or even 100 dummy rockets alongside a nuke, the number of launch pads needed all over the country goes up by 1-2 orders of magnitude. Even if you hit 90% - no mean feat when you account for countermeasures like flares and stealth - that isn't particularly reassuring.

Unfortunately, faith in humanity and MAD is really the only deterrent we have.

NOT orbit!
By titanmiller on 1/28/2013 6:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
As the other comment says, they DID NOT put a monkey in orbit. This was a simple sub-orbital flight. The author might want to do some basic research on the difference and the vastly greater complexity of orbital flight.

RE: NOT orbit!
By sorry dog on 1/28/2013 9:43:14 PM , Rating: 2
For real...I went on a suborbital flight last year on a 737 to Houston. The only monkey I saw was holding a beeping wand.

RE: NOT orbit!
By xtort107 on 1/29/13, Rating: 0
RE: NOT orbit!
By Mr Perfect on 1/29/2013 12:29:17 PM , Rating: 2
He was referring to the TSA screening agents, who are multiracial. How was that a racial joke?

If only they played well with others.
By JKflipflop98 on 1/28/2013 6:58:28 PM , Rating: 3
The part that sucks here is they're just wasting all this effort to reinvent the wheel. If they would simply be less aggressive to the rest of the world's players they could collaborate on the next lunar mission.

By ShieTar on 1/29/2013 5:19:58 PM , Rating: 2
You are joking right? The USA are not even allowing China to join the ISS efforts, and the complete european space program, all the way to the development of Galileo, was built against US protests.

There is no way Iran will be considered anything but an enemy by the US for the next 50 years, regardless of their actions.

Just look where giving up their nuclear weapons program in 2003 has gotten them.

*I've* launched a fox into sub-orbital flight.
By Sivar on 1/28/2013 9:48:38 PM , Rating: 2

The tricky part is getting it into orbital flight.

RE: *I've* launched a fox into sub-orbital flight.
By hubb1e on 1/28/13, Rating: -1
By xtort107 on 1/29/2013 7:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
funny, wonder if their scientist have questioned that theory in their computations of orbital flight?

Space exploration
By xtort107 on 1/29/2013 8:08:44 AM , Rating: 3
When is Irans Prez gonna come out and say "we just sent the first primate ever into space" and reporters are going to say, um,,, the United States already sent people into outerspace, theres an international space station with people on it right now, he is going to say "the holocaust never happened theres no proof and 911 is propaganda by the evil west it never happened, space exploration they have never done it" ie the same old story they always tell.

By ShieTar on 1/29/2013 10:14:57 AM , Rating: 2
This will likely make Western nations nervous, as they've accused Iran of secretly developing ballistic missiles. The same technology used for the rockets can be used for ballistic missiles.

Which Western nation specifically is nervous about the Iran arming ballistic missiles with monkeys? Seriously, when a nation sends a monkey sub-orbital after already sending several unmanned objects into orbit, that is not done to hide some secret missile development.
Specifically not a nation which is commercially developing and producing ballistic missiles, and has never tried to hide that fact.

Seriously, I am getting rather sick of this brainless reflex-journalism of "Hey, here is an article about Iran, lets include our standard-textblock on "Western nations suspect ...".

RE: Nervous
By DougF on 1/30/2013 7:21:11 AM , Rating: 1
Let's see...who's worried about Iran achieving a ballistic missile capability?

Specifically, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Luxembourg, United States, Japan, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, etc for Western Nations.

For the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and not least...Israel.

I'm sure I've left out another couple of dozen nations.

And lastly...the United Nations (though it's not a nation).

In a related story...
By drlumen on 1/29/2013 5:37:09 PM , Rating: 3
Iran has achieved the first step in putting a monkey in a blister pack.

The title is wrong
By maven81 on 1/28/2013 6:28:10 PM , Rating: 2
What they did is a suborbital flight. Huuuuge difference! I realize even the source article got this wrong, but that doesn't make this any better.

RE: The title is wrong
By retrospooty on 1/28/13, Rating: 0
Mistaken Identity
By Dorkyman on 1/28/2013 7:34:58 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, until I saw the photo I thought they had sent their president Ahmadinejad in the capsule.

Is the monkey...
By Beenthere on 1/28/13, Rating: -1
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