Iran aims to send man into space in nine years

Jul 23, 2010
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, pictured in June 2010, said Friday that Iran plans to send a man into space by 2019 as a blow to Western powers pressing Tehran over its nuclear programme, state news agency IRNA reported.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that Iran plans to send a man into space by 2019 as a blow to Western powers pressing Tehran over its nuclear programme, state news agency IRNA reported.

" was due to send man into space by 2024 but in response to threats and Security Council resolutions against Iran, the plan was pushed forward by five years and the project will be launched in 2019," Ahmadinejad said.

Iran, which is under four sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its continued uranium enrichment work, has been pursuing an ambitious space programme, firing rockets into space and building satellites.

In February Iran launched a home-built satellite carrying a rat, turtles and worms, in the face of Western concerns about Tehran using its nuclear and industries to develop atomic and ballistic weapons.

Telecommunication Minister Reza Taghipour said this month that Iran plans to launch a new , Rasad 1, in the last week of August.

The minister had previously said that during the current Iranian year to March 2011, new satellites capable of transmitting data and images would be launched.

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Nik_2213
not rated yet Jul 24, 2010
Uh, isn't that also when they've announced they'll have a working fusion reactor ?? Next thing, they'll claim to be working on artificial intelligence...

/cynic_mode off

Well, if they reckon they can orbit an Iranaut and return him/her safely to Earth, good luck to them.
omatumr
4.5 / 5 (2) Jul 24, 2010
We will all lose if mankind's waring instincts extent into space.
jerryd
not rated yet Jul 25, 2010


Since in 5-6 yrs they won't be exporting oil anymore, they will be broke. With all their young, they are going to have huge internal problems.
frajo
not rated yet Jul 26, 2010
Since in 5-6 yrs they won't be exporting oil anymore, they will be broke.
What's that assumption based on?

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