TEHRAN (BHN) -Iran claims to have significantly advanced its space program by successfully sending a monkey into orbit.
Iranian news channel Al-Alam reports the male monkey piloted the "Star Rug V Space Explorer" capsule to an altitude of 120 kilometers (75 miles), where he performed "numerous experiments" before safely returning to earth. The Iranian Space Agency released a photo of the monkey, below.
In a possibly-related story, residents in the small city of Masshad, Iran report a large object fell on the town's hospital building, killing 32 people and setting a neighborhood on fire. A "small, headless animal strapped to an infant seat and covered in excrement" was reported to have been found in the wreckage.