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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Space Monkeys Safe

WASHINGTON () -- NASA on Wednesday denied a Moscow report that Russian rocket delays would lead to the deaths of monkeys scheduled to be launched into space as part of a U.S.-Russian experiment.

"It is not true at all," NASA spokesman Michael Braukus said. "They will be launched alive, remain in space alive and return to earth alive. They will live out their lives at the zoo in Moscow."

He said two Rhesus monkeys were involved in the experiment, part of a joint U.S.-Russian project that has been postponed because of delays in Russian rocket booster production.

NASA was deluged with phone calls from animal rights activists following a report from Moscow that the delays would kill the "space monkeys" because their brains were already wired up with electrodes to test the effects of space travel.