Tehran, Iran---Iran's official news agency, IRNA, reported today that the Islamic republic has recovered alive a rhesus macaque which it had sent into Earth's lower ionosphere Monday.
The docile, 17 in. tall, 14 lb. mainly herbivorous Macacus rhesus villosus becomes the highest-order mammal yet to have survived having been launched into space by the charter Axis of Evil nation. During its twenty minute voyage aboard the rocket-propelled capsule Pishgam, the creature reportedly achieved an altitude of 75 miles, briefly locating it just within the lowest reaches of an extremely loose definition of space.