Tehran: Iran has acknowledged that its attempt to send a live monkey into space has turned out to be a failure.
“The Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live animal (a monkey) was launched during Shahrivar (an Iranian calendar month spanning August 23 to September 22),” the Telegraph quoted Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-Nouri, as saying.
“However, the launch was not publicised as all of its anticipated objectives were not accomplished,” he added.
He said the launch of a live animal into space was “strategic, and a priority,” and expressed hope that future launches would attain more of the objectives set.
On October 3, Iran postponed plans to send a live monkey into space, without giving any reasons.
“One cannot give a set date for this project and as soon as our nation``s scientists announce the readiness (of the project) it will be announced,” said Hamid Fazeli, head of Iran``s Space Organisation.
The project, unveiled in February by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, envisaged launching a capsule with life support using the Kavoshgar-5 rocket to an altitude of 120 kilometres (75 miles) for a 20-minute suborbital flight.
Meanwhile, Iran has already sent small animals into space, a rat, turtles and worms, aboard a capsule carried by its Kavoshgar-3 rocket in 2010.