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Internet wonders which monkey Iran sent into space

Published on Feb 3, 2013 5:55 AM
An image obtained from Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), taken on January 30, 2013, shows a man holding a monkey during a press conference in Tehran after the return of the capsule carrying a monkey was sent above the Earth's atmosphere on January 28, 2013. The announcement by Iran that it successfully sent a monkey above the Earth's atmosphere, has provoked questions on social media sites pointing out the differences between the official images of the primate before the launch and when it returned to earth. -- PHOTO: AFP

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran's announcement that it had successfully sent a monkey into space stirred questions on the Internet on Saturday, with people pointing to differences between official images of the primate before takeoff and after landing.

On Jan 28, official Iranian media published pictures of a monkey named Pishgam (Pioneer) prior to the launch. The animal had light grey fur and a red mole above its right eye.

But later, the ISNA news agency released photos taken during presenting the monkey to the press after its landing which showed a darker fur and no mole.

These differences have been pointed out by Western media, which have questioned the success of the monkey space mission. A previous attempt to send a primate into space failed in 2011.

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