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Iran Plans To Send Persian Cat Into Space
Popular Science ^ | 09-16-2013 | By Dan Nosowitz

Posted on 09/16/2013 2:35:53 PM PDT by Red Badger

The IRNA, Iran's official news agency, revealed today its plans to venture forth into space with perhaps the country's most iconic animal on board: the Persian cat. The flat-faced favorite of fanciers would be the first Iranian visitor to space after the possibly-fake space monkey that Iran insists returned safely from near space a few months back.

Iran's efforts to become a power in space--and certainly Iran has made more strides in this area than any of its neighbors, besides Israel--are concerning to many in the western world, who see Iran's presence in space as potentially dangerous. For its part, Iran says its space program is intended for innocuous reasons like improving communication and monitoring earthquakes. Some experts fear this may be only part of the story, that Iran is also seeking militarization technology in space.

Anyway, back to cats. So the Persian is a very old cat breed, dating back to what is now Iran and Turkey in the early 17th century. It's a friendly and docile breed, making it an ideal choice for apartment dwellers, and is one of the most popular city cats in the world. Its peculiar squashed face is accompanied by some physical problems; it often has trouble breathing, for example.

Iran says it plans to hurl a Persian into space by the end of the Iranian year, which wraps up on March 21st (the Iranian calendar begins on the vernal equinox). We'll keep you updated on this and all other spacecat news.


TOPICS: Astronomy; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cat; iran; space

1 posted on 09/16/2013 2:35:53 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Ground control to Major Snowball.


2 posted on 09/16/2013 2:36:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Red Badger

LOL


3 posted on 09/16/2013 2:36:43 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Red Badger

Is Viking kitty on this mission

No wonder we haven’t hear from him YET


4 posted on 09/16/2013 2:38:20 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Red Badger; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
The flat-faced favorite of fanciers would be the first Iranian visitor to space after the possibly-fake space monkey that Iran insists returned safely from near space a few months back.

WHO, WHO I SAY, ARE THESE 'SPACERS' WHO DENY THE RESULTS OF IRAN'S SPACE PROGRAM?!!


5 posted on 09/16/2013 2:40:40 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Red Badger

When the cat food and cat litter and water bowl scatters all over the capsule in zero G, that will not be a happy cat.


6 posted on 09/16/2013 2:43:39 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Daffynition
Zero Gravity Cat PING!


7 posted on 09/16/2013 2:46:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono
What could go wrong?


8 posted on 09/16/2013 2:48:07 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

9 posted on 09/16/2013 2:52:38 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

10 posted on 09/16/2013 2:55:41 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Red Badger
I dated a Persian girl back in the early-mid 80's. She was family connected to the Shah, flew out of the country on his plane when the Ayatollah took over.

If anyone referred to her as Iranian, she would have scratched their eyes out.

11 posted on 09/16/2013 2:59:35 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Red Badger
The IRNA, Iran's official news agency, revealed today its plans to venture forth into space with perhaps the country's most iconic animal on board: the Persian cat.

And all this time I was sure it was the Persian Skunk Ayatollah!

12 posted on 09/16/2013 3:05:16 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: a fool in paradise

That must be your loyal retainer.


13 posted on 09/16/2013 3:23:25 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Red Badger
space cat photo: cat in space space-cats-a.gif
14 posted on 09/16/2013 3:40:18 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Red Badger

Poor Kitty.


15 posted on 09/16/2013 3:41:14 PM PDT by steerpike100
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To: Red Badger

Ew. Litter box in a spaceship.


16 posted on 09/16/2013 3:41:38 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Red Badger

What a stupid thing to do.

Primitivism.


17 posted on 09/16/2013 3:47:27 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Red Badger
Iran readies launch of new satellite
(Iran's second satellite launch, 11/09/2009
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2382720/posts

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/519198/posts

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1664760/posts
(7/12/06)

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1658850/posts
(07/01/06)

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1834307/posts
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18 posted on 09/16/2013 3:50:59 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Red Badger
Iran Launches Third Satellite
(2012)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2841888/posts


19 posted on 09/16/2013 3:53:02 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Red Badger

Perhaps they learned from the monkey they sent into space and will this time make the effort to find two identical cats (one for launching and one for recovering).


20 posted on 09/16/2013 5:07:46 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

I hate the Iranians, if I never hated them before. The cat will die of either a lack of oxygen or the capsule heating up. There is nothing scientific to be gained from this exercise in plain old cruelty. Poor cat.


21 posted on 09/16/2013 5:35:53 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

alas:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3067347/posts


22 posted on 09/16/2013 6:28:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Keep sending cats into space and its gonna happen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NJQvswrSPg


23 posted on 09/16/2013 6:31:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Ground control to Major Snowball.

Look, if anyone deserves to be called "Major Tom"...

24 posted on 09/16/2013 6:42:00 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: Red Badger; Monkey Face
He better be bringing some good catnip with him or I'll just send him right back down there to get it!


25 posted on 09/16/2013 6:49:40 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Red Badger
Friendly and docile.
26 posted on 09/16/2013 9:54:30 PM PDT by IDFbunny
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To: Las Vegas Ron
Women of 'theocratic' Iran today: In 'democratic' allied Saudi Arabia they could have been all whipped for just a way they are dressed, let alone driving a vehicle and owning a 'dirty' animal.
27 posted on 09/17/2013 10:09:42 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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