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February 21 2013

Iran Claims Photo Mixup in Monkey Launch

Iran is sticking by its claims of launching a monkey into space and recovering it alive — despite broadcasting images of two different monkeys before and after launch last week.

Doubts about the monkey’s survival surfaced after journalists noticed pre-launch monkey pictures showed an animal with a distinctive mole over its right eye, which the post-flight monkey did not have. It also had darker fur.

Iran now says the monkey in the first picture actually was one of five that trained for the mission but did not fly.

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