Iran’s Latest Advancement? They’re Sending A Monkey Into Space

For some reason, I found myself laughing when I read that Iran’s latest advancement in their space program was to send a monkey into space.  And not just any monkey can make the cut – they (being Iran) are testing out five monkeys to see which one will board a Kavoshgar-5 rocket and blast into outer space.

The first time a monkey ever went into space didn’t turn out so well.  On June 11, 1948, NASA sent “Albert”, a Rhesus Monkey, into space and Albert died in the rocket due to suffocation.

Ok wait… can someone tell me again why we’re sending monkeys into space?