URGENT - IRAN - to send LIVE MONKEY into SPACE in 2013 (during a 10-day period starting January 31)

We are not living in 1950 anymore. The thought of sending a monkey into space is a human disgrace. Untold suffering could happen. This is beyond cruel.

If you want to explore space, you should go up yourself. No monkey wants to go up. 

You have no right to inflict such dire cruelty onto an animal, any number of technical problems could occur. The monkey could be subjected to terrible suffering.

You should all be very ashamed of yourselves, governments, financers, scientists and technicians.

Extreme cruelty,

Iran's Space Organisation chief Hamid Fazeli

"The final tests for launching the capsule, carrying a monkey, have been completed," Iran's Space Organisation chief Hamid Fazeli said in remarks reported by the Mehr news agency.

Fazeli said the launch would take place during a 10-day period starting January 31, which marks the 34th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, the state television website reported.

Iran has already sent small animals into space – a rat, turtles and worms – but its previous attempt to send a live monkey into space failed in 2011, which was announced without explanation.

Fazeli said the monkey project would help Iran "implement the preparations of sending a man into space," which officials say is scheduled for 2020.

The previous project envisaged launching a capsule with life support using the Kavoshgar-5 rocket to an altitude of 120 kilometres (75 miles) for a 20-minute suborbital flight.

What about the monkey from your FAILED ATTEMPT??

The shame of modern humanity.

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