Ahmadinejad Wants To Be Iran’s First Astronaut

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that he’s ready to take the risk of being the first Iranian astronaut sent into space as part of Iran’s goal of a manned space flight.

“I’m ready to be the first Iranian to sacrifice myself for our country’s scientists,” the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying in an address to space scientists in Tehran.

Space tourist Anousheh Ansari was the first Iranian to make a journey into space aboard a Soyuz TMA-9 capsule from Baikonur, Kazakhastan, in September 2006. The 40-year-old telecommunications entrepreneur paid a reported $20 million for a space station visit. Her journey became an inspiration to women in male-dominated Iran.

Iran sent a monkey into space last Monday, describing the launch a successful step toward Tehran’s plan to send an astronaut into space within the next five to six years. The monkey named “Pishgam,” which means pioneer in Farsi, reportedly traveled 120 kilometers (72 miles) and safely returned to Earth.

In 2010, Iran said it launched an Explorer rocket into space carrying a mouse, a turtle and worms.

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  • Vigh

    Can they make it a one-way trip?

  • CaptTurbo

    I’d be all for a joint venture featuring the Kenyan usurper serving as his co-pilot. Just think what a landmark advancement this would be for Islam. With luck the telemetry computers could be hacked to send them into the sun converting them into green nuclear energy. That’s about the only way I can think of that these two whack jobs could serve the human race in a positive manner.

    • raynbene

      They have not done ONE positive thing yet, and never will ! !

  • raynbene

    I think this is a splendid, jolly good idea, as the Brits used to say. If ahminneedofahandjob wants to go into space in an Iranian/Russkie/North Korean-made rocket, LET HIM ! ! And take the ayatollah and obuma too !

  • jrm

    I second that motion.

  • According to this report Ahmadnutjob has already been launched into space: “In 2010, Iran said it launched an Explorer rocket into space carrying a mouse, a turtle and WORMs.

  • Kent2012

    hopefully our inside assets will be able to “spike” the rocket, then as we watch it on abccbsnbcmsnbc and cnn it will explode about 500 yards up. What a wonderfull image……………….