Iran’s triumphant venture of sending a monkey into space may have been exposed as a fake, photographs have suggested.
Earlier this week, Iran announced to much fanfare that they sent a live monkey into space in a capsule and later retried it intact after travelling to an altitude of 75 miles. [...]
But a series of photographs that show differences in the monkey’s appearance, before and after the launch, appear to show two different monkeys.
Before the launch, several state-controlled media branches posted photographs of the monkey with a distinctive red mole above its right eye. It also had light fur round its head.
Upon the monkey’s “return” from space, the mole had vanished, as had the fur.
The photographs have led to speculation that either they launched the capsule into space, but it never returned, or that the launch never took place.