Iran sends live monkey into space in capsule: Report

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran on Monday sent a capsule containing a live monkey into space and later retrieved the "shipment" intact, the Tehran-based Arab-language Al-Alam channel said, quoting an official statement.

Previous attempts by the Islamic republic to put a monkey into space have failed.

"Iran sucessufully launched a capsule, codenamed Pishgam (Pioneer), containing a monkey and recovered the shipment on the ground intact," said the statement by the defence ministry's aerospace department. It did not mention the condition of the monkey.

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.