Iran announces it has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time this year as part of a programme aimed at manned space flight.
President Hassan Rouhani said the monkey – named Fargam, or Auspicious – returned from space in perfect health.
However, the success of the first monkey flight was disputed when a different animal was shown in images released after the landing.
Iran’s space programme has raised concern among Western countries.
Some fear the technology could be used in ballistic missiles.
Iran announces it has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time this year as part of a programme aimed at manned space flight
Iran is already under international scrutiny over the scope of its nuclear programme, which opponents say aims to develop nuclear weaponry.
President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the scientists involved in the space mission, according to a message posted on the English-language version of his website.
On the Persian-language version, he said it was carried by a liquid fuel rocket – Iran’s first use of the technology.
There were few other details, including when the flight took place.
In January, Iran said it had sent a monkey to an altitude of about 75 miles in a Pishgam rocket for a sub-orbital flight before returning intact to Earth.
But the release of images showing two clearly different monkeys prompted international observers to wonder whether the animal had died in space.
Iran insisted that was not the case, saying archive images of another monkey tested for its suitability for the mission had been wrongly released.
In 2010, Iran successfully sent a rat, turtle and worms into space. But an attempt to send a monkey up in a rocket failed in 2011.
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Justin Bieber’s monkey was seized by customs officials after the singer demanded Mally accompany him on a long-haul flight to Germany.
Justin Bieber’s increasingly bizarre behavior is concerning aides after he insisted Mally travelled on his private jet – even though he had no paperwork to show to customs officials in Munich.
According to sources, Justin Bieber, 19, who had travelled from LA to Munich, was “detained for some time” by furious customs officers who demanded to see a health certificate for the monkey – which the teen idol could not provide.
Justin Bieber’s monkey was seized by customs officials after the singer demanded Mally accompany him on a long-haul flight to Germany
Mally is now in quarantine and Justin Bieber could face prosecution from German authorities and a $15,000 fine.
A source told The Sun: “He and Mally go everywhere together. He will be heartbroken.
“Justin has been acting like a right diva. He is out of control and lives in an alternative reality to the rest of us.”
The friend likened capuchin monkey Mally, who was given to Justin Bieber as a birthday present from music producer Jamal Racshid, to Michael Jackson’s beloved pet Bubbles – who accompanied the tragic singer to a number of concerts.
Customs officials in Germany demand to see detailed paperwork from pet owners, especially if the flight originated from outside the EU.
Justin Bieber has been on a hectic schedule, going from Poland to LA on Monday in his luxury Cessna Citation, and then onto Munich on Thursday.
It is thought Justin Bieber travelled on to Austria by bus – but without his beloved pet.