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Iran's monkey may not actually have made it back from space alive
The Verge ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Adi Robertson

Posted on 02/02/2013 2:31:25 AM PST by Corporate Democrat

After Iran released news that it had successfully launched and recovered a monkey from space, some have begun to question whether the launch went as well as reported — and whether the monkey actually made it out. Earlier today, France24 andThe Independent both noticed that while the monkey seen in press shots had a prominent mole over one eye, there was no sign of it when the animal appeared later at a press conference. Iran also hasn't released shots of the craft itself after landing, a sharp contrast with the photos released from before the event. The above image from The Independent shows an official shot of the monkey before space on the left, and a similar shot from afterwards on the right.

Since news of the launch was reported firsthand only through official Iranian outlets, it was never a sure thing — while people didn't necessarily doubt the story, it was always speculative to some point. Now, though, the images point to a few different possibilities. The most innocuous is that the marking somehow didn't show up well on lower-resolution photos shown after the event, or that it was removed at some point. But if these were indeed different animals, that could mean that the monkey actually died during the journey, or even that the rocket malfunctioned and didn't launch or return correctly. And if that's true, it could be a boon to countries worried an Iranian space program would threaten national security... or raise fears that something less innocuous was being tested.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Humor; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: fake; iran; monkey; space

1 posted on 02/02/2013 2:31:46 AM PST by Corporate Democrat
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To: Corporate Democrat

Would have helped if they had waited for the ship to return before parading the hero monkey out.


2 posted on 02/02/2013 2:34:21 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Easy ! Space launches remove moles from over right eyes on monkeys. It has just been proven by the Iranians. Miraculous !!


3 posted on 02/02/2013 2:51:43 AM PST by John Leland 1789
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To: Corporate Democrat

How special.

Iran may have done something that Werner Von Braun could have done in the 40’s.

Von Braun also said he could place men an Mars by 1985 if given the funding. I think he could have. $$$ was the only thing holding him back. What a shame he was involved with the Nazis early in his career.

IMO they should have sent Ahmadinejad up in the rocket even though he is not nearly as photogenic as the monkey.


4 posted on 02/02/2013 3:13:55 AM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Just wonder when we will have the Iran Apologists come out and claim the media is “lying”....like the did with the nuke facility explosion


5 posted on 02/02/2013 3:14:03 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Iran just cannot get a sunny day it seems, their bomb plant goes kablooie, their floating drill rig sinks, and their monkey apparently has a severe malfunction, was it rare or well done?


6 posted on 02/02/2013 3:28:36 AM PST by Eye of Unk (AR2 2013 is the American Revolution part 2 of 2013)
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To: Corporate Democrat

This is ISLAM - lies and deceit are a way of life - the point being is that they have Gone to Infinity and Beyond - this is what happens when you give an undeveloped society satellite TV and they watch Star Trek and actually believe James T. Kirk is real...

Iran is a looser - but dangerous because they have oil money and hate the US - so they get to play like the big boys do - but it never ends well...at least for the rest of us!


7 posted on 02/02/2013 3:45:29 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Eye of Unk

They could care less about the monkey. If they can deliver a payload into space, dead or alive, they can deliver that payload basically anywhere in the world. North Korea’s recent satellite launch proved that United States is within reach of their radioactive payloads. These launches are designed to dramatically increase the size of their circle of terror.


8 posted on 02/02/2013 3:49:04 AM PST by BushCountry (What does it matter now!!)
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To: Corporate Democrat

The monkey did not survive?....Ya Think!


9 posted on 02/02/2013 4:09:39 AM PST by nvscanman
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To: Corporate Democrat
Monkey died?

So, they need a new president now?

10 posted on 02/02/2013 4:20:39 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: BushCountry

Great, now I got to worry about dead monkeys falling out of the sky. Man, it never ends.


11 posted on 02/02/2013 4:39:43 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: Gadsden1st

Spank the monkey!


12 posted on 02/02/2013 4:49:28 AM PST by dubyajam (t "Life is Hard ... It's Even Harder When you're Stupid" --- John Wayne)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Wow...looking at the monkey pictures at the link .... The Iranians can’t even find two monkeys that look remotely the same...

They kill the first one and replace him with another monkey that isn’t even close in looks....

Sort of like replacing Joe Biden with Al Franken and Jay Carney tells us they are the same person....


13 posted on 02/02/2013 4:54:34 AM PST by JZoback
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To: Corporate Democrat

Where is PETA when you need them.


14 posted on 02/02/2013 4:57:46 AM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: dubyajam

Oh Yea.. Fellow freeper accusing me of spanking a dead monkey...You don’t know me. I don’t spank a dead monkey. I have special pills for my monkey. My monkey is doing just fine and it doesn’t have any moles on it. Well, a properly placed mole might not be such a bad thing, but no mole. And I have no pictures of it either going up or crashing down.

Don’t bother to reply. I am going off to check on my monkey now. Then I am going to take a shower. Then I will have a cheese omelette with pancakes. Then I have to go to the hospital to check on my sister..she got bit by a moose.

I am sorry about the rant, but at my age I am a little “touchy” about references to my monkey.


15 posted on 02/02/2013 5:16:52 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: Corporate Democrat
No minkeys were harmed!
16 posted on 02/02/2013 5:21:24 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Gadsden1st
I am sorry about the rant, but at my age I am a little “touchy” about references to my monkey.

"Everybody's got something to hide, 'cept for me and my monkey."
- - The Beatles

17 posted on 02/02/2013 5:23:51 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: Corporate Democrat

Alive, not alive, What does it matter now?


18 posted on 02/02/2013 6:06:40 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Corporate Democrat
Photobucket
19 posted on 02/02/2013 6:57:33 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Corporate Democrat
Iran's monkey may not actually have made it back from space alive

I heard it had an effect on his eyesight!! Photobucket

20 posted on 02/02/2013 6:57:42 AM PST by ontap
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To: Corporate Democrat
The Independent both noticed that while the monkey seen in press shots had a prominent mole over one eye, there was no sign of it when the animal appeared later at a press conference

The Iranian space people might have found a means to removing moles from faces, and they could be soon offering shots into space for people who need to have moles removed.
21 posted on 02/02/2013 8:01:48 AM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: Corporate Democrat
The animated bear originally selected for the mission was caught trying to escape.


22 posted on 02/02/2013 6:42:46 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Corporate Democrat
All they need is a Scud missile aimed straight up and two monkeys.
Based on the range of a scud, if you shoot it straight up it will go high enough to qualify as "space" and then come down again. Hard.
That's when the second monkey will prove useful.

I'm in full support of Ahmadinejad manning their second launch. But with our luck they probably have two of him also.

23 posted on 02/05/2013 8:56:02 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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