Iran sent live monkeys into space in 2013. AFP
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Iran's on-and-off space program has received a boost after a recent satellite launch was seen to annoy Washington, with Tehran now dusting off plans for a manned mission, perhaps with assistance from Moscow.Iran's space program has progressed in fits and starts.That decision appears to have been reversed in the wake of the international furor over Iran's testing of a new satellite launch rocket in July.The United States in particular balks at any technological advance that might potentially also benefit Iran's ballistic missile program, and Washington quickly threatened fresh sanctions.Iran's four launches of domestically produced satellites since 2009 have all sparked condemnation from the West.
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