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Iran hails voyage of Fargam the space monkey

The monkey has now returned to space and President Rowhani congratulated the scientists involved

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Iran announced on Saturday it had sent a monkey named Fargam or Auspicious into space earlier in 2013, it’s second such launch this year in its controversial ballistic program.

The monkey has now returned to space and President Hassan Rowhani congratulated the scientists involved in the mission, according to Iran’s official IRNA news agency.

In January, Iran said it had successfully brought a live monkey back to Earth from orbit. But the experiment was rife with speculation when what was believed to be a different monkey was presented to the media after the landing.

The U.S. and its allies worry that technology from the space program could also be used to develop long-range missiles that could potentially be armed with nuclear warheads.

But Iran insists its space advancements are for peaceful civilian purposes.