Ahmadinejad 'ready to be Iran's first man in space'

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 05:45 hrs

Sydney: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that he is ready 'to be the first man in space' under the country's ambitious program that aims to send a human being into orbit by 2020.

According to the state-run media, Ahmadinejad said sending living things into space is the result of Iranian efforts and the dedication of thousands of Iranian scientists.

It was unclear if the suggestion was a serious one, but one group of Iranians declared they would do everything in their power to help Ahmadinejad achieve his goal, the Guardian reports.

Iran declared last week it had successfully launched a monkey into space and retrieved it alive, which officials hailed as a major step towards their goal of sending humans into space.

Iran, which last week announced it had successfully sent a small monkey into space, has said it wants to send a man into orbit by 2020.

The launch added to western concerns about Iran's space programme because the same rocket technology could potentially be used to deliver a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile. 

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