Persian Cat to Fly into Space
22 September 2013

 

The photo shows cats while training to fly in space
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Iran announced it is considering launching a Persian cat into space, in March 2014, as its next space animal, after claiming it launched a monkey earlier this year.

The effort is part of Iranian ambitions to send a human into space by 2018, but questions have been raised about the reported successes of Iran’s animal space missions.

A press report by the official Iranian news agency, IRNA, quotes space official Mohammad Ebrahimi as saying Iran’s next space capsule could carry the distinctive Persian cat, a long-haired, flat-faced cat breed. The report also stated that a mouse and rabbit are under consideration.

In February 2013, Iran declared it successfully sent a monkey to an altitude of 120 km, outside the atmosphere, on a flight that lasted 20 minutes, and returned it safely. However, some observers cast doubts on this claim.


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Aymen Mohamed Ibrahem
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