Critters in Space

Critters in Space

Iran’s space agency, Sázmán e Fazái e Irán, strapped a gray-tufted monkey in an infant’s car seat and shot the poor thing into space. The critter is said to look unhappy after its 72-mile vertical voyage, perhaps because it landed back in Iran. The unnamed beastie joins a menagerie of critter cosmonauts who’ve rocketed into the void over the past half-century:

“Laika the Dog & the First Animals in Space,” Elizabeth Dohrer,

“10 Animal Space Travellers,”Sinead McNicholl, Astronotes

“LIFE With the Astrochimps: Early Stars of the Space Race,” LIFE Magazine

“6 Brave Animal Astronauts That Flew To Space Before Iran’s Terrified Monkey,”

“Why are there dozens of dead animals floating in space?” John Fuller,

“The Iranian Monkey Space Launch Is Likely, Probably, Almost Definitely a Fraud,” Camille Dodero, Gawker


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One Response to “Critters in Space”

  1. Armagh Planetarium (@ArmaghPlanet) Says:

    Thanks for linking to the Astronotes blog, but note 10 Animal Space Travelers piece was authored by Sinead McNicholl.

    Corrected. [Astronotes is the blog of Northern Ireland’s Armagh Planetarium].

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