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Iran brings monkey back safely from space
Published Saturday 14/12/2013 13:26
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An Iranian scientist holds a live monkey at an unknown location on Jan
28, 2013, which Iranian news agencies said returned alive after it
traveled in a capsule to an altitude of 75 miles for a sub-orbital flight
(IRNA/AFP/File)
TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran said on Saturday that it had safely returned a monkey to Earth after blasting it into space in the second such launch this year in its controversial ballistic program.

President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the scientists involved in the mission, in a message carried by Iran's official IRNA news agency.

In January, Iran said it had successfully brought a live monkey back to Earth from orbit.

But the experiment's success was disputed, when a different monkey was presented to the media after the landing.

An earlier attempt had failed in September 2011.

Iran's space program has prompted concern among Western governments, which fear Tehran is trying to master the technology required to deliver a nuclear warhead.
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