Iran may be considering sending a Persian cat into space as the next animal astronaut  after claims the Islamic Republic launched a monkey into space earlier this year.
The effort is part of Iranian dreams to send a human into space by 2018, but questions have been raised about the alleged successes of Iran’s animal missions.
The official IRNA news agency quotes space official Mohammad Ebrahimi as saying the next animal could be the distinctive Persian cat, a long-haired, flat-faced breed named after Iran’s former name of Persia, according to Associated Press.
No other details were given.
Earlier this year, in February, Iran said it successful sent a monkey outside earth’s atmosphere and returned it safely. But photos raised international questions about whether the same animal was shown in pre- and post-launch images, AP reported.