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Tehran - Ahmadinejad Says He Is Ready To Be First Iranian In Space

Published on: February 4, 2013 07:52 AM
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Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (below) delivers his speech during the summoning of the labor minister as parliament speaker Ali Larijani (top) listens, at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, 03 February 2013. EPA/STRINGERIranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (below) delivers his speech during the summoning of the labor minister as parliament speaker Ali Larijani (top) listens, at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, 03 February 2013. EPA/STRINGER

Tehran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he was ready to be the first human sent into orbit by Iran’s fledgling space program, Iranian media reported.

Iran declared last week that it had successfully launched a monkey into space and retrieved it alive, which officials hailed as a major step towards their goal of sending humans into space.

The launch added to Western concerns about Iran’s space program because the same rocket technology could potentially be used to deliver a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile.

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“I am ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists,” Ahmadinejad said on Monday, on the sidelines of an exhibition of space achievements in Tehran, according to the Mehr news agency.

“Sending living things into space is the result of Iranian efforts and the dedication of thousands of Iranian scientists.”

Ahmadinejad is known for provocative public comments and it was unclear whether the suggestion was a serious one.

His second and final term as president ends in June, and his political star has been on the wane since he fell out with parliament early in his second term and appeared to lose the support of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

On Sunday he stood up in parliament to play a tape recording that he said provided evidence of corruption by the family of parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, his political arch-rival and a likely frontrunner to succeed him as president. Larijani and his brother Fazel denied the accusations.


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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:09 AM yaakov doe Says:

Great idea! Very fitting that he be the one to follow a monkey into space.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:10 AM bahby Says:

Isn't it redundant to send up another monkey?

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:16 AM MistahKurtz Says:

He's already been living in "outer space" for a long time.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:18 AM qazxc Says:

Didn't Iran send a monkey into space already last week?

Hopefully Israel has a rocket that will make his dream his reality very soon.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:29 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Can we contribute via PayPal or something?

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:42 AM Dan Silagi Says:

He can be the first man to walk on Mars. One of the problems with sending a man to Mars is that the technology doesn't not yet exist to bring him back. In Ahmadinejad's case, that's not a problem; in fact, it's a benefit.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:43 AM YidelfromBP Says:

I wish the Rocket stays stuck some how up there and he finishes his Life there

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 09:09 AM Bpmum Says:

Maybe he should break world records and be the first human eerrr animal to go to the SUN! Would be nice to know what the temp is like up there

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 09:19 AM Mordechai_Ben_Yaakov Says:

Best news I've heard all day ;)

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 09:37 AM Benny Says:

"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he was ready to be the first human sent into orbit by Iran’s fledgling space program, Iranian media reported."

Sorry, it's not possible, first you have to become human.
You can be second monkey, if you want, or first donkey!

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 11:18 AM sane Says:

Perhaps we can have the remake of "Lost in Space."

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 12:05 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

I wholeheartedly endorse this and it's very fair. Prior to Iran sending a monkey to space, the monkeys sent one of their own in exchange -Ahmadinejad - to serve as the animal kingdom's first politician sent to the humans. Now it's time to swap back.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 01:08 PM clear-thinker Says:

Off he goes to collect 72 virgins. Go but don't come back

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 01:50 PM keen Says:

He has proven Darwin correct. A monkey has turned into a human of sorts.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 02:06 PM Anon Says:

The jokes just write themselves....

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 03:40 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

For once Israel and Iran want the same thing

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 04:31 PM morris Says:

here my take on this.
he does not want to become iran's first asstronut, he wants the "rocket" to be used as a icbm with a war head heaven forbid and wants to be a bomber.

I think hes that crazy.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 07:31 PM takeittothem Says:

HAH'LE'VAI !

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:07 PM ipcha_mistabra Says:

Israel is sponsoring a one way ticket

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