Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Ahmadinejad: 1st Iranian Astronaut ?

Ahmadinejad says he's 'ready' to be first Iranian in space after monkey launch

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he's ready for space travel.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets with the monkey Iran claimed they sent into space. (UPI/NAMNA)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets with the monkey Iran claimed they sent into space. (UPI/NAMNA) 
Published: Feb. 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM
By KATE STANTON, UPI.com

One week after Iran claimed to have successfully sent a monkey on a round trip to space, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told scientists that he's prepared to be part of Iran's first manned space flight.

According to Mashable, Anousheh Ansari was actually the first Iranian in space. She visited the International Space Station in 2006 on a $20 million trip aboard the Russian Soyuz rocket.

Last week, Iran celebrated the return of the monkey, "Pishgam," meaning "Pioneer" in Farsi. State media claimed that Pishgam had taken a suborbital flight 72 miles into space before returning safely to earth, raising international concerns that Iran could use the same technology to launch missiles.

The U.S., however, has questioned whether the space flight actually took place, while some observers pointed out that before-and-after photographs of the event actually show different monkeys.

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Source: United Press International News Wire Service.

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