monkeys in space
Dec 14, 2013 — The country's first claim of safely sending a monkey into space ended in controversy, when a different monkey was used in pictures showing the return.
Jan 28, 2013 — The nation's official media reports the primate was sent up about 75 miles. It reportedly survived the trip. Iran says it's aiming to launch a manned mission in five to eight years. Other nations are concerned that the program is really aimed at developing long-range missiles.