Fargham, Iranian space monkey (& friends)

Iran hails the voyage of Fargam the space monkey. Tehran says it has safely returned a monkey to Earth after sending it 75 miles into space. (And pigs might fly!)iran-space-monkey_2765729b

Iran said on Saturday that it had safely returned a monkey to Earth after blasting it into space in the second such launch this year in its controversial ballistic programme. President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the scientists involved in the mission, in a message carried by the official IRNA news agency. The report added that the rocket reached a height of 120 kilometres (75 miles).images

In January, Iran said it had successfully brought a live monkey, which it named Pishgam (Houdini Pioneer), back to Earth from orbit. But the experiment’s success was disputed, when a different monkey was presented to the media after the landing. An earlier attempt had failed in September 2011. Pigsham left of pic, returns with identity crisis, right of pic.

250px-Rocket1034040Iran’s space programme has prompted concern among Western governments, which fear Tehran is trying to master the technology required to deliver a nuclear warhead. The Islamic republic insists that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful. “By the grace of God and through the efforts of Iranian space scientists, the Pajohesh (research) rocket containing the second live space monkey, named Fargam (Suspicious Auspicious), was sent into space and brought back to Earth safely,” Mr Rouhani said in his ‘delusional’ message. 

 State television broadcast footage of the rocket launch which state television said took place on Saturday morning. A helicopter brought a capsule to the scene which the reporter said contained the monkey, and later footage of a monkey wearing a red shirt was shown. Iran’s space programme was heavily promoted by Mr Rouhani’s controversial predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who quipped in February that he was “ready to be the first Iranian to be sacrificed by the scientists of my country and go into space, even though I know there are a lot of candidates”.ahmadinejad-chimp-1 

To the dismay of animal welfare groups, Fargam was following in the footsteps of a menagerie of dogs and monkeys that were among the early stars of the US and Soviet space programmes in the 1960s. Earlier this year, Iranian space officials raised the prospect of sending a Persian cat into space. “Iran’s archaic experiment… is a throwback to the primitive techniques of the 1950s,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals spokesman Ben Williamson said at the time.Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad-Press-Conference--70561 However; PETA would accept the cheeky little monkey known as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the next primate in space…

The stated aim of Iran’s programme is a manned launch by 2020. The programme deeply unsettles Western governments as the technology used in space rockets can also be used in ballistic missiles. The UN Security Council has imposed an almost total embargo on the export of nuclear and space technology to Iran since 2007. Tehran denies its space programme has any link with its alleged nuclear ambitions.

And when Terhan gives its word, it is better than a contract written in blood If you like your sanctions, you can keep your sanctions? Iran storms out of talks insisting they’ll all be LIFTED as nuclear talks crumble…Edited by Hannah Strange of The Telegraph, with sarcasm & strikethrough words added by Ex Bootneck.ALeqM5gPILuEPs1dcge-42xergkiXHaJ3w

I refuse to believe any of this nonsense until I hear it from the lips of ‘Honest-Trust-Me’ John F. Kerry, The Secretary of State.

Yours Aye

24 thoughts on “Fargham, Iranian space monkey (& friends)

  1. Apologies all around for not delving into the depths of your informative article…sources I know tell me the Iranian people refer to former president Ahmadinejad as the ‘Monkey’…how did you know??? I’m not sure the mad mullahs of Iran currently don’t hold him in as much contempt as the average Iranian citizen…who knows any more??…k

    • Kristen, the following taken from the Telegraph Newspaper, the story of which has bounced around the lead European newspapers.

      The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has hit out at Hassan Rouhani’s government in the surest sign yet of splits that have emerged between the regime’s main pillars since the Geneva nuclear deal.
      Maj-Gen Mohammed Jafari, said that Mr Rouhani’s government had been “infected by Western doctrine”, according to Fars news agency.

      Since his election as president in June, Mr Rouhani has moved swiftly to improve relations with the West and tone down both the anti-American and even anti-Israel rhetoric of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This shift has come under vocal attack from regime hardliners, led by representatives of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Command, which has carved out a powerful economic and political niche in addition to its military role as spearhead of the Islamic Revolution.

      Jafari seems to have been angered by comments made by Javad Zarif, the foreign minister who negotiated last month’s nuclear deal, in which he warned that Iran should take the military threat posed by ‘America seriously as it had little fear of Tehran’s military defences and could destroy them easily if necessary’… End.

      Interestingly this is not what the revolutionary guard want to hear, as they believe their own rhetoric and propaganda. Where as Western intelligence has clearly stated (and often so) that Iran would pose the same threat as Iraq should there be a stand up toe to toe fight (no contest)

      More interestingly is that the revolutionary guard would like to see Ahmadinejad re-instated as he spoke the bluster they recognise.

      Clearly there would be no requirement to invade the country after devastating its armed forces (which was the biggest mistake after Iraq II)! Even the Westernised Arab states would wish to see the revolutionary guard crushed, and a form of normality resumed within Iran.

      My gut feeling is that such a war will take place eventually, with Israel initiating the first hammer blow to Iran’s nuclear facilities; then stepping back… The game of military chess will require a US President with credibility, so that rules out Barry O and his circus. Lets hope the next ‘Pres’ is a good one from the opposite side… ;-) Aye.

  2. I will only believe it when confirmed by Madeline Albright with corroboration from Bill and Hillary Clinton. Their truthiness knows no bounds.

    • Curtis, I will place their names in my oxymoronic ‘people to be trusted book’.

      Oh! Just checked the book, their double underscored names are already listed, under ‘snake oil’ sales people… Aye.

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