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Iran Plans To Put a Monkey Into Space

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the why-can't-they-put-them-all? dept.

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arisvega writes "Iran plans to send a live monkey into space in the summer, the country's top space official said after the launch of the Rassad-1 satellite, state television reported on its website on Thursday. 'The Kavoshgar-5 rocket will be launched during the month of Mordad (July 23 to August 23) with a 285-kilogramme capsule carrying a monkey to an altitude of 120 kilometres (74 miles),' said Hamid Fazeli, head of Iran's Space Organisation. No mentioning on retrieving the monkey, though."

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Sounds good (1, Troll)

rsilvergun (571051) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483472)

But do they really think they can get a member of the US congress to cooperate with their space progra...

Oh, wait, you meant the OTHER kind of monkey. Oh, right. Go on then.

Yeah, Africa has about a billion monkeys, and then (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483488)

there's all the ones our forebears decided to import to the Americas.

Re:Yeah, Africa has about a billion monkeys, and t (1)

jon_doh2.0 (2097642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483550)

I know, i know dont feed the trolls. But, i need to ask, is it just this one crazy racist (i refrain from harsher language as i dont want to get it exited) that spams up Slashdot or...?

Re:Yeah, Africa has about a billion monkeys, and t (2)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483560)

You're going to find a lot of racists in this thread. Already very nearly every post is "ZOMG THE IRANIANS ARE MONKEYS LOL!"

Re:Yeah, Africa has about a billion monkeys, and t (3, Insightful)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483604)

What did you expect? There's been a war against the middle east going on for quite some years. Dehumanizing the enemy is always part of the plan, seems it has caught on well.

Re:Yeah, Africa has about a billion monkeys, and t (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484080)

...dehumanizing the victim makes things simpler
It's like breathing with a respirator
It eases the conscience of even the most conscious
and calculating violator
Words can reduce a person to an object,
something more easy to hate
An inanimate entity, completely disposable,
no problem to obliterate. [astraweb.com]

But death is the silence
in this language of violence

Re:Yeah, Africa has about a billion monkeys, and t (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484272)

Shall we remind them the 'monkeys' are winning...?

Re:Yeah, Africa has about a billion monkeys, and t (0)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484444)

You are going to find a lot of racists in America, period. Granted, most of them are too stupid to know how to use a computer, let alone be on slashdot...

Honestly, I was expecting more (or less) from /. (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484588)

You know...
From self-deprecating humor like "I think of volunteering..." to movie/book references like Starship Troopers (Come on, you apes! You wanna live forever?) or Planet of the Apes...
I mean there's one of those coming up just around the corner.

Instead, the thread is full of "ZOMG THE IRANIANS ARE MONKEYS LOL!" as you've put it.
I mean... FFS... It's such a lame xenophobic approach, particularly since the first monkey in space was American. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Yeah, Africa has about a billion monkeys, and t (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484196)

hi, i'm the troll that posted that. thanks for feeding me ^______^

i'm not the only racist troll on slashdot, but I did post something about some poster being a nigger earlier today. I can't give you a link though, since I lost the thread, but you can try googling for nigger site:slashdot.org [google.com] to find similar posts.

have a nice day!

Re:Yeah, Africa has about a billion monkeys, and t (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484580)

Just a handful of trolls. They're probably not even really racist, it's just to stir up nerd rage.

Re:Sounds good (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484610)

Oh, I think that we out to send them a member. Personally, I would send shelby. He is the one that is busy pushing for the new jobs bill, Senate Launch System.

I didn't know that... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483492)

...Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an astronaut!

Re:I didn't know that... (5, Funny)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483514)

That's such an offensive thing to say. I demand you apologize to the monkeys!

Re:I didn't know that... (5, Funny)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483670)

Oh yes! Him and George Bush Jr trained together for the space missions back in '82.

Re:I didn't know that... (2)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484744)

Oh yes! Him and George Bush Jr trained together for the space missions back in '82.

I misread as Ham (the first chimp in space) and Bush trained for space missions...

Re:I didn't know that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484228)

...Ahmed Adoudi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is astronauts!

You're a little late to the party, Iran. (3, Insightful)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483506)

This was done fifty years ago. Then again, I seriously doubt this kind of thing has anything to do with an actual space program and more a flimsy facade for a rocket test.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (5, Insightful)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483568)

I doubt that any space program in history has been run without thought for the military applications of the technology.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (2)

rhook (943951) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483676)

Yep, the entire space race was about showing off our ICBM technology. All the early rockets were developed with nuclear warheads in mind.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (2)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484166)

In mind? BOTH, Atlas and R5 were developed for ICBM use. It just happened that they could also carry some other payload into orbit, and whether that's a human being or a nuclear bomb, does the rocket care as long as mass is roughly similar?

The whole manned space program (at least 'til Kennedy decided to up the ante) was just to test (and show the other side) how much mass they could send into orbit. And it's more agreeable to population, UN and whoever else might be looking if you put men up there instead of warheads.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484734)

The Russians wanted to put men in space for military purposes. It was thought they could spy on earth better than an automated satellite, and the put up serveral military space stations for that purpose. Most of them failed and eventually they abandoned the idea.

The Germans had plans for sub-orbital bombers to hit the USA but never got them past early prototypes.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (1)

arisvega (1414195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484754)

does the rocket care as long as mass is roughly similar?

It does not, but the developing team does. Different payloads place different acceleration limits.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484838)

Atlas, R5, Mercury ("Redstone"), Soyuz and I'm sure others are ICBMs.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (2)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483654)

And back then no humans had gone into space so it made sense to send animals first. Now that people are living in space long term there is no way Iran can justify sending an animal. If they want to measure acceleration, temperature, vibration, life support, etc, then they can do that with instruments.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483674)

And back then no humans had gone into space so it made sense to send animals first.

I personally disagree. They should have sent humans and let them die.

there is no way Iran can justify sending an animal.

No justification is necessary for anything.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484174)

Mmhmmm.... if the US or the USSR... sorry, Russia, are willing to share their insights with them. If they are not, and at least with the US it seems highly unlikely, it makes a lot of sense to send some creatures up there to check whether they can handle certain conditions before you try it with a human.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484316)

I really just meant the general idea that living things had never been beyond the atmosphere and it would have been hard to convince some people to change their thinking enough to accept the idea. A bit like how when the first trains were built which could do 20, 30 miles per hour, some people believed that it would be impossible for humans to live while doing that. The Iranians know that people live in space. The details (like how much air do they need, how much acceleration can they take) are well understood.

So this bit about sending a monkey is just a show, and one in poor taste at that.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484756)

Maybe its a test of their capsule system which (as far as I know) is probably untested for space flight. You know, use a monkey rather then a human so that way if the seal on the hatch doesn't like space and decided to allow the premature evacuation of the atmosphere in the capsule...

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484302)

Hey it's just a dumb monkey

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484706)

Have you heard of life support systems? Or perhaps you are suggesting that they test their space ship life support systems with live astronauts?

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484760)

Somehow I don't think that anyone is going to lend them that technology, so they have to build and test their own.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483672)

Iran doesn't have nuclear weapons. And they probably won't ever. First, they are a few years off having enough material, secondly Israel will go to war over this issue. That means they'd have to imagine some other military use, like a kinetic energy missile, which would not be as bad as a nuclear strike, but not much less.

Otherwise there is no point in this exercise... If they were shooting for prestige, their population probably has other worries.

Re:You're a little late to the party, Iran. (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484186)

You think the USSR didn't have other problems to worry about but to send various manned space stations into space in the 70s?

Don't think prestige projects are only done if you have no other worries. Actually, history shows me at least that the most harebrained prestige projects were done in times when the money would really have been better invested in other, more important things.

Simian munitions mount (4, Funny)

AnotherScratchMonkey (592037) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483728)

They don't mention the type of warhead the monkey will have in his arms.

Re:Simian munitions mount (1)

arisvega (1414195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484772)

Kegs?

This is how you signal ICBM capability (4, Insightful)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483510)

This sounds all scientific and stuff, but basically the sending of larger mammals (plus life support gear) into space also indicates that you can send a nuclear warhead to any place on Earth. The Soviets first did this with Laika aboard Sputnik II, and this basically started a new phase of the cold war.

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (1)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483662)

I thought Laika was to determine if something "alive" could survive the trip into space through the EM belts?

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (1)

BigBadBus (653823) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483680)

No, Laika was sent up purely for propaganda.

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483890)

Laika was sent up for science. It was funded for propaganda.

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (1)

rhook (943951) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483698)

You're thinking of the Van Allen radiation belt. The existence of which was not even confirmed until sometime in 1958, the year after Laika was sent into space.

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (3, Interesting)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484338)

Reading pre-1958 science fiction is really enlightening about the mindset of the time. No man, no animal had ever gone to this very strange place where the stars always shine, where the air is not there, where gravity takes a break. At this time, no one ever saw a picture of the earth as a blue marble. Space was not the place around earth, it was the place above the clouds, the place from which God and gods had recently been chased in the intellectual pictures of the days.

In one novel, they were imagining that so far from Earth, human minds can not hold. Various craziness appearing. The only way to travel would be to be in a form of coma, half dead.

It is right, they did not know many things about how it was, but their imagination was working at full speed and they surely expected unexpected things. Sending a mammal to be sure that it doesn't get instantly fried by some then unknown effects was a really reasonable step.

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483712)

I thought Laika was to determine if something "alive" could survive the trip into space through the EM belts?

Nope, the evil Soviets sent Laika to feed its blood to their doomsday machine, Sputnik. Luckily, a strong solar wind hit Sputnik in the last moment and it ended annihilating Martian life instead.
If you doubt me, go read the research on life on Mars - you will notice that not much, if any, of it survived.

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (1)

mutherhacker (638199) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484200)

Yes, and your point is what? The US already has that kind of technology. The US should disarm it's missiles to avoid a cold war. Makes sense, right?

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (0, Flamebait)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484204)

If you had Israel as your near neighbours, wouldn't you want decent missiles too? Remember, this is the country that is herding Palestinians into ghettos and slaughtering them. The war criminal Ariel Sharon used to talk about a "final solution" for the Palestinian problem - chilling stuff, I'm sure you'll agree!

Oh, and look at the latest piece of crazyness from the Israeli terrorist wackos:

Jerusalem rabbis 'condemn dog to death by stoning' [bbc.co.uk]

So the mad rabbis are ordering children to stone a stray dog to death?

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484308)

It wouldn't be holocaust if they did it, silly!

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484330)

Those living in glass houses should not cast stones... (Someone from USA accusing others of religious zealotry?!)

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (1)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484442)

Those living in glass houses should not cast stones... (Someone from USA accusing others of religious zealotry?!)

Not everyone in the US is a religious zealot. It's just that the zealots are well-funded, loud, annoying, and all over the airwaves.

Besides, it's the religious zealots who insist on supporting Israel in *absolutely everything* they do, even if it insane or completely against our interests. This is all because their bizarre interpretation of Revelations and various Old Testament prophets.

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484496)

That's some really ripe troll bait, but I'd point out that having decent missiles didn't exactly keep Saddam safe, did it (the infamous Scud missiles)? And during the Iran-Iraq war, similar missiles were fired by both sides at major cities [wikipedia.org] in the "War of the Cities". They aren't very effective weapons militarily unless they are nuclear-armed. Otherwise they're good mainly for terrorizing civilians and causing modest amounts of rather indiscriminate damage.

The rest of your troll I leave to the stray dogs to fight over.

No spacemonkeys, for YOU. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484262)

I think US/whatever should set up a No-spacemonkey-fly-zone, just to say,
people who is trying to builds nukes do NOT get to play with space-monkeys.

My condolences to my fellow primate relatives.

Re:This is how you signal ICBM capability (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484538)

"the sending of larger mammals "

So Iran should put an elephant or camel into orbit?

What? The supreme ayatollah..? (-1, Troll)

theNAM666 (179776) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483512)

Is going to be launched into space? Or is it going to be Akhmajenadad? Salaam ayatollaka! Inquiring minds want... Well, in Iran, knowledge shoots inquiring...

Now way! (-1, Troll)

UBfusion (1303959) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483516)

They wouldn't dare send e human. Imagine he saw god and twitted a picture of him!

Anyone can send a monkey up (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483520)

The question is, can you get it down alive?

Re:Anyone can send a monkey up (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483664)

The monkey might be drift off/be guided off course, be rescued and be taught how to sign. After that it might describe the other "capsule" it saw. Thats a huge security risk.

Re:Anyone can send a monkey up (1)

wmac (1107843) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484716)

Exactly. The whole tests are for that same reason. Iran has announced that they want to send humans to space by 2020-2025. They need to build and test reliable space ship life support systems.

So ICBM research? (2)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483536)

Thats all heavy lift like that is at that point, testing ICBMs and throw-weight under the cover of "civilian" or "scientific" research.

What about Mrs. Monkey? (1)

ashvagan (885082) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483540)

Send Mrs. Monkey to accompany him as well. He will be bored to death otherwise for not having someone by his side to pick tasty morsels out of his hair! or vice versa of course.

Re:What about Mrs. Monkey? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484198)

Females in space? In Iran? Think again.

READ AS: (-1, Troll)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483548)

WOW! Iran's going to send someone from their government into space? Who?

Supreme Leader (Ali Khamenei) or President (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) or... one of the other government officials?

Either way, this is awesome news. Good riddance, damn monkey!

Re:READ AS: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484146)

My first thought was Steve Balmer....

Re:READ AS: (1)

gtall (79522) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484294)

It is a MONKEY they are sending. Clearly it is Ahmadinejad and not Khamenei.

...all us Europeans are wondering... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483592)

...how they kidnapped George W. Bush in the first place.

Re:...all us Europeans are wondering... (0)

ripnet (541583) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484248)

awwww beat me to it...

Re:...all us Europeans are wondering... (0)

arisvega (1414195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484780)

TFA reads monkey, not ape.

But wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483618)

Who is going to run the country then !

One way trip into space for a heavy capsule. ICBM (2)

Kaptain Kruton (854928) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483626)

Space exploration or ICBM reasearch? Like another post said, putting a 285+ Kg into space demonstrates that they now have the capability to launch rockets that can reach anywhere on Earth (although maybe not accurately, yet). Furthermore, the fact that they are sending it up into space, controlling its free orbit trajectory, but not planning to recover the capsule suggests they are more interested in the launching and in-flight capabilities of the rocket than any of the other data that may be associated with the 'passenger.' Perhaps I am reading too much into this, but this just screams of ICBM research to me.

Re:One way trip into space for a heavy capsule. IC (1)

rhook (943951) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483708)

Nuclear warheads do not require precise accuracy to be effective.

Re:One way trip into space for a heavy capsule. IC (1)

AGMW (594303) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483826)

... but not planning to recover the capsule ...

So does the monkey get to die of thirst or suffocate?

Nice.

Re:One way trip into space for a heavy capsule. IC (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484358)

The Laika (Sputnik 2) experiment says that the monkey will die of overheat.

Re:One way trip into space for a heavy capsule. IC (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484202)

So? The US and Russia both have a lot of nukes, and they're by some margin more precise than whatever Iran could test.

Re:One way trip into space for a heavy capsule. IC (1)

wmac (1107843) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484786)

Who said to you they don't like to recover it? The exact test is to see whether they can recover the monkey live. They are planning to send humans to space by 2020-2025 and they are working on different space ship systems like recovery and life support.

Why? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483666)

Don't have anything useful to spend money on iran?

Like ohhhhhhhhh.... NOT BEING A 3RD WORLD SHITHOLE!

What did he do? (1)

dadioflex (854298) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483678)

Poor monkey, shoulda just taken the lashes.

I don't understand... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483682)

Did Microsoft's board contract with Iran to launch Ballmer?

Very smart monkey (1)

dmesg0 (1342071) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483694)

It would be a monkey specially trained to guide the ICBM (disguised into a space ship) to a particular place on earth and then activate its nuclear warhead. Using a trained monkey is the only way to make sure no computer worm will interfere with their nuclear program.

Re:Very smart monkey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484074)

The monkey could get worm*s*...

Re:Very smart monkey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484192)

Training monkeys to hand deliver nuclear warheads.
What could possibly go wrong!

Sent Their PM instead of Monkey (0)

Mightee (2221294) | more than 3 years ago | (#36483754)

they should send their president instead of a monkey, because he looks like one :D

sand monkey (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483832)

a real monkey?

they must be making excellent progress (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483854)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must be thrilled to make that first journey

Poor Mister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483934)

Animal Rights organisations should stop it!

Bye-Bye Ahmadinejad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483964)

It's impressive that the President of Iran is willing to volunteer for his nation's space program

Re:Bye-Bye Ahmadinejad (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484210)

A true leader, he takes his people onto the next level!

Too bad Georgie wasn't that much of a monkey. I would have voted for the funding, and I bet a lot of people would have so too, if NASA had only promised to pull a Columbia on reentry.

Monkeys into space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484094)

Nobody is asking, in all the desert, where did Iran get a monkey? Do that have a stockpile of research monkeys like other nations?

Re:Monkeys into space (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484214)

Why not? Are they on the export restriction list now, too?

Fuck, may we at least sell some kind of crap to Iran without the US starting to stir up a stink?

Re:Monkeys into space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484428)

Maybe be we can sell you to them and get you to shut the fuck up, you elitist cunt.

Re:Monkeys into space (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484874)

Whoa, whoa, what pooped into your breakfast cereal?

Seems risky (1)

DataDiddler (1994180) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484118)

The monkey might go off course and land outside of Iran. The Iranian leadership would then run a great risk of the monkey defecting and giving up all their secrets.

Oh yeah? (1)

atomicbutterfly (1979388) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484176)

Iran Plans To Put a Monkey Into Space

I hope Iran upgraded Photoshop to support the features required this time.

Headline: Ah-my-dinner-jacket set for blast off.. (-1, Troll)

thaig (415462) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484178)

"Iran's religious leaders are set to test the new "Thanksbetogod" landing system which involves praying for the miraculous saviour of the astronaut. The new landing system is considerably lighter than anything the pathetic decadent homosexual Europeans or the Great Satan can achieve and will give Iran total domination of manned spaceflight within the next 2 weeks.

The event is so auspicious that the supreme leader Aye-a-toilet Car-mini especially asked our own President to test the system. "To refuse would be to disbelieve in the power of the almighty, Mr Ah-my-dinner-jacket, and I assure you that we will all be there to pray at exactly the right moment and I can assure this because we will be using our new great Iranian "IfGodiswilling" wrist watches which are based on such immense faith that there is not even any need for clockwork! Do not fear for your hairy little chin, my dear Mad-mood, for the lord loves all who trust in him - even the fires of the atmosphere and the terminal velocity of the highest fall are as nothing compared of the prayer of myself and all your other good friends of the Majles-e Khobregan (assembly of experts)."

It was touching, as this reporter can testify, to see the tears of what can only be joy, his sudden urge to leave the room to hide his emotion and the kindness with with the guard officers of the Revolutionary protection unit insisted that he should stay...

Re:Headline: Ah-my-dinner-jacket set for blast off (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484240)

Jew-rage, much?

Jacket? (1)

indytx (825419) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484208)

Any chance the "monkey" will be wearing a cheap tan jacket? Now that would be progress.

Re:Jacket? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484672)

Why would the US let Iran send Columbo into space?

The logical conclusion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484264)

After putting a Monkey in charge of the country and one in charge of the religious affairs, putting one in space is obviously the next step.

Machmud, we hardly knew ya (1)

gavron (1300111) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484650)

It's about time Achmedinejad got his first space flight.

Hasta la vista, baby.

E

This could backfire big time (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484666)

No, I am not like you...I AM SIMION! [youtube.com]

.

But will it survive? (1)

Targon (17348) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484742)

Sending something into space isn't the biggest problem, it is keeping it intact and getting it back in one piece that is where the biggest challenge is.

Iran plans to put a monkey in space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484998)

Send the right monkey up, and the world will be a better place!

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