Iranian space monkey hoax? (Updated: Mistake claimed)

Inconsistant pictures of the monkey exposed. Is this a propaganda story?

Was Iran’s monkey in space launch faked? Before and after pictures of space-travelling simian appear to show different animals – The Independent.

The veracity of Iran’s triumphant claims to have launched a monkey into space has been called into question by before and after pictures of the simian space-traveller that appear to show two different animals.

Iranian media claimed that the country’s space agency had sent the monkey 75 miles (120 km) above the Earth in a Kavoshgar rocket capsule named Pishgam (Pioneer).

Before and after images of the monkey would appear at first sight to show strikingly different animals.

In the before images, the animal appears to have a large red birthmark over his right eye – which on arrival back on earth appears to have disappeared.

Observers have also pointed out that while photographs and video of the launch of the rocket have been widely distributed, there has been no photographic or other evidence proving that the rocket made it back.

Here’s the before and after picture next to each other. Before on the left, after on the right. Focus is mostly on the red mole above the eye but the fur is also different.
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We can’t say for sure but would it be all that surprising if this was a manipulated story of the successful launch? All I can say is, how horrid this is to look at – that monkey strapped in.

Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz

UPDATE: (4-Feb-2013) Claim is now made that they used the wrong footage and photos of the monkey.

Over the weekend Iranian officials, seeking to put to rest the idea that monkey business was involved, explained that one of the two official packages of photos of Iran’s famed simian space traveler depicted the wrong monkey.

  12 comments for “Iranian space monkey hoax? (Updated: Mistake claimed)

  1. Phil
    February 1, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.

  2. Bobbi Snow
    February 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    If that’s the same monkey, he must have traveled through time… and come back as a younger Elvis.

  3. Ken
    February 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Has Iran discovered the Flux Capacitor?

    • February 2, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      I think they’re using an Interocitor 451F coupled to a Turbo Encabultor.

      • February 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        I hope Ahmadinejad placed the intensifier disk into the right-hand control and rotated it 18 degrees counter-clockwise.

  4. February 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Sending a monkey “into space” is hardly that big an achievement. They didn’t send it into orbit or anything. Just about 70 miles up and down. This is technically on par with what the Germans did with V2 rockets in 1944.

    Really all it takes is a modest rocket like a Scud. Just put the monkey in the nose cone and shoot it straight up. Getting it back means it has to be in a capsule it can actually survive the trip in and that it has a parachute, but neither of those are really difficult technical feats.

  5. February 2, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    It was stunning to see the iranian’s image of this chimp strapped into his ‘chair’. Shocking and hard to believe the Iranians would be so far behind rocket tech. I’m gonna bet that the story is a hoax.

    • bshistorian
      February 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Not a chimp.

  6. RDW
    February 2, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    How did the Iranians get my High School Yearbook Photo ?!?!? I bet Bigfoot was involved.

  7. February 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    It would have been more convincing if the Iranians had claimed the monkey came back orange & rocky, aflame but alive, invisible or very stretchy.

  8. LREKing
    February 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    To my untrained eye, the two look like completely different species. Could Iran really have done such a poor job of fakery?

  9. real name
    February 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Here’s evidence that the monkey was sent on a suborbital trajectory and survived the flight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo-7QjxxcDg

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