Oct 14 2011
A little behind the times, the Iranian Space Agency got a further setback last month, failing to launch a Rhesus monkey into space. It has postponed future attempts for monkey launches indefinitely, which could also push back their hopes for sending up a human.
THE BLAZE According to an Agence-France Press report (via Space.com), the Iranian Space Agency attempted to launch the monkey last month, but did not publicize the failed attempt, which is why it is hitting news sources now.
The report goes on to note that Iran did successfully launched animals into space in 2010: a Kavoshgar-3 rocket carrying a rat, two turtles and a worm. It is it unclear what went wrong with the recent launch and if the
president monkey was harmed or not.