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This Is The Terrified Monkey That Iran Shot Into Space

The Iranian government announced on Monday that they had successfully launched a monkey into space. The monkey has now safely returned to Earth. None of this, however, has been independently verified.

Posted on January 28, 2013, at 10:19 a.m. ET

This screenshot from Iran's Press TV, broadcast on January 28, 2013, shows an Iranian scientist holding a monkey the Islamic Republic is claiming they shot into space.

The only details Iran has released about the monkey's mission is that he was sent up in a Pishtam rocket and reached a height of 72 miles.

UPDATE: A new image of the monkey, pre-flight, has emerged.

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Also, experts are less than impressed with the "achievement," suggesting it may be a cover for missile tests.