Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joked he is so serious about making sure Iran advances technologically that he'd volunteer to go to space for his country if needed.
"I am ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists,” he said after meeting Monday with Iranian space scientists, according to the semi-official Mehr News Agency.
The president's comments, made in jest, came a week after the state's semi-official Fars News Agency said Iran had "sent a monkey to the orbit, brought it back to the Earth and retrieved the animal and the relevant data successfully."
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Iran won't be able to perform these spaceflight PR stunts as well as NASA and the Soviets back in the day, so folks there's no need to worry about these guys 'competing' with NASA's Special Effects program. Besides, NASA already duped the general public with 'spaceflight' via the monkey back in '61. After their stunt they said "look everybody, we sent this monkey into orbit inside this tin-can and this little fella reentered the atmosphere at hypersonic 17,500 mph without turning into a meteor, and we're almost finished making our moon models....."
Let's send him to a place far, far, away... LOL!
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