Iran successfully blast monkey into space

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TEHRAN, IRAN – Iran’s space program isn’t monkeying around. Iranian state TV says the country has successfully sent a monkey into space.

Yea, the United States did that back in 1949. Monkey see, monkey do, right?

Iran’s monkey was blasted 72 miles high. According to reports, unlike the American monkey in 1949, this one came back down alive and well.

As it turns out, some say this isn’t just monkey business. The U.S. and our allies worry that this rocket launch could have an ulterior motive. Today, it’s a monkey. Tomorrow, it could be long-range nuke.

But, Iran claims this is just one step towards its goal of manned space flight. It also claims it wants to put satellites into orbit to monitor natural disasters, improve telecommunications and expand military surveillance.

While Iran’s true intentions remains up in the air, we bet the monkey’s glad to be back on solid ground.