Iran’s state-run media said Monday the nation’s space program has successfully launched a monkey-manned rocket into space.
The rocket, called Pisihgam, which means “Pioneer” in Farsi, reportedly reached 72 miles and the monkey returned safely to earth, the report stated.
This isn’t the first animal launch for Iran. In 2010, the nation reported the successful rocket trip of a mouse, a turtle and worms.
The United States regards the launches with alarm. White House spokespeople are concerned the launch could lead to technological advancements in Iran’s long-range-missile program.
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