Iranian state TV says the country has successfully sent a monkey into space in what was described as another step towards the country’s goal of a manned space flight.
Monday’s report said the monkey was sent up in a Pishtam, or Explorer, rocket to a height of 120km. It gave no other details on the timing or location of the launch, but said the monkey returned safely.
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Iran has said it seeks to send an astronaut into space as part of its ambitious aerospace programme.
In 2010, Iran said it launched a rocket into space carrying a mouse, turtle and worms.
The US and its allies worry that technology from the space programme could also be used to develop long-range missiles that could potentially be armed with nuclear warheads.