Iran launched a space vehicle piloted by a rat named Helmiz 1. That’s the rats name, not the space vehicle.
Helmiz 1 also brought an as yet unnamed turtle, and a worm to snack on during the flight.
Apparently the rocket was supposed to fly to 100 kilometers in altitude then return its passengers to earth using a parachute. Neither the success nor the failure of this flight has been reported, but Helmiz 2, 3, 4, and 5 are anxiously awaiting the news.
The rocket was launched from the back of a military truck rather than at one of the several designated space launch facilities. Why didn’t NASA think of this? When the weather is bad in Florida they could just drive out of the storm and launch from any highway. Duh.
This would normally sound like a story out of Arkansas; however, beer was probably not a contributing factor in Iran.
Apparently the Defense Minister oversaw the launch and issued a warning that Iran would not tolerate “any un-peaceful use (of space) by any country.”
Meet Iran’s new space police. Officer Helmiz 1 is on duty, and with his trusted sidekick Gort the robot will enforce peace across the cosmos.