Iran has sent a second live monkey into space and safely returned him to Earth, the country’s state-run news agency reports.
Fargam the space monkey rode a Pajonesh rocket 75 miles up into space before his capsule safely detached and parachuted back to the ground, Iranian state TV said.
The report, which showed the rocket blasting off and then showed the monkey, strapped snugly into a seat, staring at people clapping to celebrate its safe return, added that the launch was Iran’s first use of liquid fuel.
Iran frequently claims technological breakthroughs that are impossible to independently verify. The Islamic Republic has said it seeks to send an astronaut into space as part of an ambitious aerospace programme.
‘The launch of Pajohesh is another long step getting the Islamic Republic of Iran closer to sending a man into space,’ the official IRNA news agency said.