Iran ready to send Ahmadinejad into spaceBy Mason White 4:13 PM February 4, 2013
|Ahmadinejad at a space exhibition|
By: Shifra Unger
After successfully sending a monkey into space, Iran is prepared to send President Ahmadinejad into space as well, according to press reports in Iran.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that he was willing to be the first human in space by the fledgling space program of Iran.
Iran said last week it had successfully launched a monkey into space which returned alive and officials hailed this as a major step towards its goal of sending humans into space.
The latest news added to Western concerns about Iran’s space program because the same rocket technology could be used to deliver a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile.
“I’m ready to be the first human to be launched into space by the Iranian scientists,” Ahmadinejad said on Monday, as part of an exhibition of space achievements in Tehran.
“Sending humans into space is the result of Iranian efforts and dedication of thousands of Iranian scientists,” he added.
Ahmadinejad is known for provocative public comment and it was unclear whether his proposal was serious.
His second and final term as president ends in June, and his political star has been in decline since he quarreled with Parliament at the beginning of his second term and seemed to lose the support of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.