A Brief History of Sending Animals to Space

Last week at w00tstock, Matt Inman (aka The Oatmeal) spoke about the storied history of our species' habit of sending other animal species into space. Here's a video of the very excellent talk, which is well worth the thirteen minutes you'll need to watch it. » 7/30/14 4:02pm 7/30/14 4:02pm

Why do we still send animals into space?

A gray rhesus macaque made history the other day, when the primate reportedly flew into space in an Iranian mission. It also joined a long tradition of animal astronauts. » 1/30/13 12:40pm 1/30/13 12:40pm

Iran sends a monkey into space, is mortified beyond belief

As if to tell the world that it's blazing a path into the mid-1950's, Iran's state news agency announced on Monday that the country's Defence Department has successfully sent a monkey into suborbital space. Iran insists that the project is part of its broader plan to send humans into space, but the international… » 1/29/13 9:40am 1/29/13 9:40am