Monkeying around, Iranian style: second furry friend returns from space after his out-of-this-world mission
Iran sent its first furry friend this year into space in January (Shutterstock)
Click here to add Fargam as an alert
Disable alert for Fargam,
Click here to add Hassan Rouhani as an alert
Disable alert for Hassan Rouhani,
Click here to add Reuters as an alert
Disable alert for Reuters,
Click here to add Tehran as an alert
Disable alert for Tehran,
Click here to add Twitter as an alert
Disable alert for Twitter
Iran has been "monkeying around" a lot this year, in space that is.
The Persian nation launched two monkeys into space over the past year, and both have returned to Tehran safely with the second monkey's arrival home this past weekend, according to Reuters.
President Hassan Rouhani used his Twitter account to share the news Saturday, saying that the furry friend Fargam has returned from space "safe and sound."
However, Western powers have their "fur" all in a fluff about Tehran's monkeying around, saying that the out-of-world missions will be used to develop the country's ability to use long-range ballistic technology to attack its enemies on earth.
"If it's true [about the monkey], [this shows that Iran] continue[s] to expand and grow their long range missile capabilities regardless of their overture to the West with self reduction of their nuclear capabilities," US missile defense expert Riki Ellison said.
Iran, however, continues to insist that its animal space launches are not linked to such developments.
- Iran's secret space program: 'mission monkey' set to go live
- Iran will soon send one of these four lucky animals into outer space
- He's no monkey! Ahmadinejad set to join Iran's space program
- Iran's space program takes giant leap as monkey lands back on earth
- Puss in space boots: Iran to launch Persian cat into orbit?