Really, not monkey business…!
As you probably heard, Iranian state TV says that nation successfully launched a “living creature into space.” More specifically, it says a monkey was sent up about 75 miles and later “was retrieved on the ground, intact … [and] alive.” It’s part of what Iran says is work toward a manned space program. This may be a debatable point, but this isn’t a political blog.
NASA has an excellent recap of all the animals that have been blasted into space since the late 1940s here.
America’s pioneer primate was Albert I. On June 11, 1948, he was aboard a V-2 Blossom rocket that launched from White Sands, N.M. Unfortunately, he did not survive.
Unfortunately, all the Albert monkeys did not survive the flights that they took. But the knowledge gained from these flights was invaluable to manned space flight.
The Soviet Union chose dogs over monkeys. Between 1951 and…
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