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Iran sends 2nd monkey into space

English.news.cn   2013-12-14 17:38:36            

TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Saturday "successfully" sent a second live monkey into space, state TV reported.

Iran sent the monkey, "Fargam," by the rocket "Research," which uses liquid fuel for the first time, IRINN TV said.

The rocket travelled for some distance at the sub-orbit height of 120 km and returned to the earth after 15 minutes, the official IRNA news agency reported, adding that the shipment was retrieved intact.

During the travel of rocket, the Iranian space scientists could monitor and record the vital signs of the monkey through the milieu indicators inside the bio-carrier containing the animal, according to IRNA.

The information collected by the launch of the rocket will help the Iranian scientists to conduct researches in different fields, including bio-space, physiology, aerospace and medical engineering, said the report.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed the launch, saying that "I congratulate the Supreme Leader and the Iranian nation on this great success and wish further accomplishments for Iranian scientists," according to Iran's presidential website.

In January, Iran had sent a capsule containing a monkey onboard Pishgam (Pioneer) I into space.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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