An image from Iran's state-controlled Press TV showing the monkey that was reportedly sent into space today strapped into its seat. Press TV hide caption toggle caption Press TV The Two-Way Iran Claims 'Major Achievement;' Says Monkey Was Sent Into Space January 28, 2013 The nation's official media reports the primate was sent up about 75 miles. It reportedly survived the trip. Iran says it's aiming to launch a manned mission in five to eight years. Other nations are concerned that the program is really aimed at developing long-range missiles.