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Critter capsule

Iran claims to send animals into space to prepare for human missions

Western countries suspicious Iranian space program could be used for military purposes

This photo released by the Iranian Defense Ministry on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, claims to show a rocket with a capsule carrying animals as it is launched from an undisclosed location into orbit, Iran. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)
This photo released by the Iranian Defense Ministry on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, claims to show a rocket with a capsule carrying animals as it is launched from an undisclosed location into orbit, Iran. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Wednesday it sent a capsule into orbit carrying animals as it prepares for human missions in coming years.

A report by the official IRNA news agency quoted Telecommunications Minister Isa Zarepour as saying the capsule was launched 130 kilometers (80 miles) into orbit.

Zarepour said the launch of the 500-kilogram (1,000-pound) capsule is aimed at sending Iranian astronauts to space in coming years. He did not say what kind of animals were in the capsule.

State TV showed footage of a rocket named Salman carrying the capsule into space.

Iran occasionally announces successful launches of satellites and other space crafts. In September, Iran said it sent a data-collecting satellite into space.

In 2013, Iran said it sent a monkey into space and returned it successfully.

Iranian scientists surround a monkey ahead of a space launch. Iran said it had successfully sent the monkey into space on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, describing the launch as another step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight. (photo credit: AP/AP Video)
Iranian scientists surround a monkey before launching him into space, Jan. 28, 2013 (photo credit: AP Video)

It says its satellite program is for scientific research and other civilian applications. The US and other Western countries have long been suspicious of the program because the same technology can be used to develop long-range missiles.

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