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Iran’s space monkey returns to Earth safely
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am1(111).jpgTEHRAN – Iran announced on Monday that it had successfully sent a monkey into space and brought it back to Earth safely. 
 
Iran is now among a handful of countries that are able to launch living creatures into space. 
 
The monkey was launched into space aboard the domestically manufactured Pishgam (Pioneer) space rocket. 
 
Scientists at the Iranian Space Agency, in cooperation with experts at the Aerospace Industries Organization of the Defense Ministry, are running the project to send living creatures into space. 
 
According to the reports, the space rocket successfully went through the planned stages, reached the designated speed, acceleration, and altitude, and returned to Earth.   
 
Reaching an altitude of more than 120 kilometers, sending a living creature whose physiology is similar to a human being’s physiology into space, the indigenization of the process of designing, manufacturing, and launching a space capsule, and bringing a living creature back to Earth safely were some of the goals that were attained in the Pishgam space rocket’s flight. 
 
The successful launch of a monkey into space represents a significant scientific development for Iran in the field of aerospace technology. 
 
Iran has announced that it plans to inaugurate a number of other aerospace projects in the near future. 
 
A new domestically manufactured satellite, named the Nahid, is scheduled to be unveiled on February 2, which is National Space Technology Day. 
 
According to officials, the Fajr (Dawn) satellite will most probably be put into orbit before the current Iranian calendar year ends on March 20.   
 
The Fajr, which is a reconnaissance satellite powered by solar energy, will be Iran’s first new-generation satellite to be sent into orbit.
 
Iran preparing to send a man into space 
 
On Monday, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that sending a living creature into space was part of the project to send human beings into space and added that more good news about the country’s achievements in the field of space technology is on the way.   
 
He went on to say that Iran’s first space monitoring center will be inaugurated during the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations. 
 
The Ten-Day Dawn, which will be celebrated across the country from January 31 to February 10 this year, commemorates the anniversary of the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.
 
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