Fuck Michael Vick!
According to Iran state media, Iran launched a suborbital rocket last week with a passenger aboard: a monkey. A gray tufted monkey survived the flight, riding inside an “indigenous bio-capsule” which was recovered after the flight.
While the US and other nations are worried that Iran’s real goal is to have a nuclear missile program, Iran’s Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told state television that this launch was a “big step” towards sending astronauts into space by 2020.Iranian news agencies said the rocket traveled to an altitude of 120 kilometres (75 miles) for a suborbital flight. The space capsule was named Pishgam, which is “Pioneer” in Farsi. The launch has not yet been independently verified.“This success is the first step towards man conquering the space and it paves the way for other moves,” General Vahidi said, but added that the process of putting a human into space would be a lengthy one.
“Today’s successful launch follows previous successes we had in launching (space) probes with other living creatures,” he said, referring to the launch in the past of a rat, turtles and worms into space.
God damn humans… that’s what robots are for. Don’t put an innocent living thing through something that could kill them if you’re not willing to do it yourself.
That monkey looks sooooo sad
From the Atlantic Wire:
(included at end of article is a great video from National Geographic special)
Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)
is a small species of dragonet fish that can be found in areas ranging from the Ryuku Islands of Japan all the way to Australia. This species is easily identifiable due to its bright blue and orange coloration, this bright blue coloration is actually caused by cellular pigment, making this fish one of the only animals to have a blue coloration due to this trait. The Mandarinfish can be usually found in sheltered reefs and lagoons, despite their distinct coloration they are rarely seen as they feed on small arthropods and polychaetes on the bottom of the reef.
can we just take a moment to appreciate that Serbia has Nikola Tesla on a 100 dinar bank note and also the equation T = Wb/(m^2)