Leading aviation medicine specialists said it was “highly unlikely that
Iran could learn anything scientifically important by sending worms,
turtles and a mouse into space via a rocket. The first animal to go to
space was a dog who flew in the Russian space vehicle Sputnik way back
They noted that the “poor creatures” could easily be dead by the time
they reached space and that it was extremely unlikely that the rocket –
with the animals inside – could be recovered and examined. “It’s a
one-way ticket,” said one expert.