Iran sends second monkey into space
Iran sends second monkey into space

Iran said today that it had safely returned a monkey to earth after sending it into space in the second such launch this year in its ballistic programme.

In a message carried by the official "IRNA" news agency, the Iranian president "Hassan Rouhani" congratulated the scientists involved in the mission, saying "by the grace of God and through the efforts of Iranian space scientists, the rocket containing the second live space monkey named Fargam, was sent into space and brought back to earth safely ".

State television broadcast footage of the rocket launch , adding that a helicopter brought a capsule which contains the monkey to the scene" , and later footage of a monkey wearing a red shirt was shown.

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