Tehran (SaebPress) — Press TV said on Monday that The Islamic Republic of Iran’s scientists had succeeded in sending a monkey into space aboard an indigenous bio-capsule as “a prelude to sending humans into space ”.
The director of the Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli told Press TV that Iran’s first manned mission to space would be launched within the next five to eight years. Fazeli added that the indigenous Sharifsat satellite will be put into the orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2013).
In June 2011, Iran sent the 15.3-kilogram Rasad (Observation) orbiter into space and on February 3, 2012 launched Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry), another indigenous satellite, into the orbit.
Saeb Sha’ath a Middle East political expert commented on the news stating that: “Western powers are viewing the Iranian space technical advancement with apprehension , since that development regarded by the west and their Zionist entity ‘Israel’ as a direct threat to the expansionist Zionist – imperialist’s designs in the middle east”
After the news of the successful Iranian launch emerged, Western officials told reporters that they asked Iran to resume the nuclear talks in February.
Press TV contributed to this report.