Monkey Today – Man Tomorrow
In this photo, the monkey that was sent into space by Iran on January 27 and was returned safely can be seen after returning to the Earth. (File photo)
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says the successful mission of Pishgam (Pioneer) spacecraft, which successfully carried a monkey into space, is the first step for Iran towards sending humans into space.
“Sending a spacecraft and returning it is the first step towards sending humans to space in later stages,” Vahidi said on Monday.
On Monday, Iran launched Pishgam (Pioneer) spacecraft, which took a primate to the altitude of 120 kilometers, and returned it safely to Earth.
Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.
The Iranian defense minister said Iran would also inaugurate the country’s space observatory, named after Shia’s sixth Imam, Imam Sadeq (PBUH), in February.
Images of the monkey being prepared for lift-off were shown on Iranian television. (BBC)