Monkeys have been quite crucial in space exploration for humans. When humans wanted to go to the moon, monkeys were used to help understand the conditions humans would face on their way to the moon as well. This project, which started last year, is expected to be completed by 2017.
Just like the last time, Russians are now training four monkeys in an attempt to send them to Mars by next year. The objective is that by doing so, we will have enough information to know how best to prepare humans to travel to Mars themselves.
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The monkeys are being trained to solve math problems and puzzles. In addition to that, they will also be trained to use a joystick. As expected, getting a monkey to perform these tasks is no easy thing. As such, the ones that are to be selected need to demonstrate a very high potential.