Following the successful suborbital launch by Iran of a Rhesus monkey (albeit that there was some confusion of its identity) Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced that he wants to become an astronaut on a flight of Iran’s Kavoshgar suborbital launch vehicle. While some of his opponents and critics have (somewhat unfairly) compared President Ahmadinejad to a monkey himself, given Iran’s somewhat dodgy launch reliabililty record (the previous flight of the Kavoshgar launch vehicle is thought to have failed killng its monkey payload) it is a good bet that the US State Department will shortly putting up the funding for his flight.
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