Ahmadinejad: Send Me to Outer Space
Now that a monkey's done it, he wants to be next
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2013 7:54 AM CST
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speeches at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(Newser) – Iran's space-bound monkey may have died during flight, but that hasn't spooked Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who today declared that he would very much like to be the first person Iran launches into orbit. But his statement, as reported by state media via the AP, indicates he's not totally convinced such an event would go smoothly: "I'm ready to be the first Iranian to sacrifice myself for our country's scientists," he said. Reuters notes that Ahmadinejad is a fan of making bold proclamations, and reports that it's "unclear whether the suggestion was a serious one."

He wouldn't be the first Iranian in space, however. Space tourist Anousheh Ansari paid a reported $20 million to journey there aboard a Soyuz TMA-9 capsule, launched out of Kazakhastan, in September 2006.

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Feb 11, 2013 5:50 PM CST
One way ticket?
Feb 10, 2013 6:57 AM CST
How many virgins will he get IF the rocket leaves the launchpad? Picture a video of him flying in a North Korean non-existent space shuttle?
Feb 5, 2013 6:29 AM CST
Please send him to space.