TEHRAN – For the first time, Iran reveals the photo of the monkey it launched into space showing the animal strapped tightly inside a container.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 29 2013 Commentary
The monkey survived the launch and was reportedly send 74.5 miles into the stratosphere in a rocket named ‘pishgam’, meaning ‘pioneer’ in Farsi.
The image of the monkey shows an animal strapped and taped tightly into a container, resembling a chair, unable to move even one limb. Its head is wedged into an opening just big enough to hold its face firmly in place.
Whether or not the monkey received food or water during its trip has not been revealed.
Iran is far from the only nation to use probe animals to test the viability of spaceflight.
In 1949 the United States used a Rhesus monkey for the same purpose, which did not survive the trip, according to the New York Times because the parachute failed to function.
In 1983, Soviet Union send two monkeys and ten pregnant rats into space according to NASA.
In the 1950s the USSR launched dogs into space, not all of those survived, although one dog named ‘Spotnik’ became a world sensation after he did return to earth, reportedly unharmed.
Realizing, the test animals are used ‘in the name of progress’, seeing the Iran’s monkey strapped and taped into a container so tightly it can’t move one inch leads one to wonder though: “isn’t this animal cruelty with a capital ‘C’?”.
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