Ahmadinejad says ready to be Iran's first spaceman (Update)

Feb 04, 2013

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he is ready "to be the first man in space" under Iran's ambitious programme which aims to send a human being into orbit by 2020.

"Our youth are determined to send a man into space within the next four, five years, and I'm sure that will happen," he said during a ceremony in Tehran where two new Iranian-made satellites were unveiled, according to ISNA news agency.

"I'm ready to be the first Iranian to be sacrificed by the scientists of my country and go into space, even though I know there are a lot of candidates," Ahmadinejad quipped.

He added to the buoyant atmosphere, saying he was willing to "auction (himself) and donate" the money to the Iran's space programme, which has shrunk because of international economic sanctions over Tehran's controversial nuclear drive, ISNA reported.

The presidency website showed pictures of Ahmadinejad at the ceremony with what was purportedly Pishgam (pioneer), the monkey sent into orbit by Tehran last week.

The monkey's launch was presented by the Islamic republic as a first step towards sending a human into orbit by 2020.

Ahmadinejad unveiled on Monday two small satellites, named "Nahid" and "Zohreh" (Venus in Farsi and Arabic, respectively).

Nahid, an observation satellite equipped with solar panels, is intended to orbit at an altitude of between 250 and 370 kilometres (155 to 230 miles). Iran has put three other small satellites into the same orbit since 2009.

Zohreh is a geostationary communications satellite that will be placed at an altitude of 36,000 kilometres (22,370 miles), something Iran has never tried before.

No launch date was given.

Iran's space programme deeply unsettles Western nations, which fear it could be used to develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads they suspect are being developed in secret, despite denials from Tehran.

The technology used in space rockets can also be used in ballistic missiles. The UN Security Council has imposed an almost total embargo on the export of nuclear and space technology to Iran since 2007.

Tehran denies its space programme has any link with its alleged nuclear ambitions.

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Doug_Huffman
1.7 / 5 (6) Feb 04, 2013
Which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the one with the mole over his eye or the one with dark hair. I thought the dark haired won was lost in the "accident" at Fordow Nuclear.
BSD
3 / 5 (10) Feb 04, 2013
Really? I thought Iran had already achieved this. Didn't we have a picture of a monkey that Iran allegedly sent into orbit and brought back to Earth? Oops sorry, that was Ayatollah Ali Khamenei instead.
VendicarE
2 / 5 (6) Feb 04, 2013
What a reader of the comments section is seeing, and will continue to see below, is the result not of knowledge, but the result of political ideology, and the propaganda campaign that is being waged against Iran by Israel and some organizations of the west who seek another war, and more death for profit.
FrankHerbert2
2.8 / 5 (9) Feb 04, 2013
Which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the one with the mole over his eye or the one with dark hair. I thought the dark haired won was lost in the "accident" at Fordow Nuclear.

Let's see. Moles can spontaneously appear, and hair greys (also lighting varies).

Another conspiracy theory crushed!
jsdarkdestruction
4.2 / 5 (5) Feb 05, 2013
"I'm ready to be the first Iranian to be sacrificed by the scientists of my country and go into space"
sacrificed by the scientists? he doesnt seem very confident in the scientists abilities and the technology of iran.
sennekuyl
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 05, 2013
@jsdarkdstruction: Possibly a quirky interpretation of a quirky remark? I took it to mean he was willing to put his life in their hands. But who knows?

I applaud their pluck in doing this even if for nefarious reasons. I'm devastated my country is making no efforts in this area despite being one of the worlds top economies. We have the riches, space and location to be quite successful yet we languish at crumbs from USA's table.
:sigh: Forget NBN! Give us Australian Space Program.
Anda
2.3 / 5 (6) Feb 05, 2013
Really? I thought Iran had already achieved this. Didn't we have a picture of a monkey that Iran allegedly sent into orbit and brought back to Earth? Oops sorry, that was Ayatollah Ali Khamenei instead.


Fuck! Who are you calling monkeys? Only those two? (I hope) The iranians? All the people of the region?

It' s the most offensive post I've never seen in this site.

I have some Iranian friends (exiled) and they are very good people, sure better than you @BSD!
BSD
1 / 5 (1) Feb 06, 2013
Fuck! Who are you calling monkeys? Only those two? (I hope) The iranians? All the people of the region?
It' s the most offensive post I've never seen in this site.
I have some Iranian friends (exiled) and they are very good people, sure better than you @BSD!


I did mean the Iranian leadership, there was only one name I mentioned and the other was implied as the subject of the discussion. You obviously chose to be offended and launched an attack on me and made a ridiculous comment whilst not knowing who I am.
It' s the most offensive post I've NEVER seen in this site.

What does this mean?
Pkunk_
3 / 5 (2) Feb 11, 2013
I have some Iranian friends (exiled) and they are very good people, sure better than you @BSD!

Are you equating the intelligence of the "Holy" and "revered" Ayotallah with the general Iranian population ?
Generally what happens in a religious theocracy is the intelligent ones are the first to flee away , and the dumbest rise to the top by virtue of their "pure" and uncontaminated hatred.