Ahmadinejad wants to be Iran’s first astronaut

Via: The Telegraph

Via: The Telegraph


The Washington post reports

“I’m ready to be the first Iranian to sacrifice myself for our country’s scientists,” the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying in an address to space scientists in Tehran.  

Space tourist Anousheh Ansari was the first Iranian to make a journey into space aboard a Soyuz TMA-9 capsule from Baikonur, Kazakhastan, in September 2006. The 40-year-old telecommunications entrepreneur paid a reported $20 million for a space station visit. Her journey became an inspiration to women in male-dominated Iran.Iran sent a monkey into space last Monday, describing the launch a successful step toward Tehran’s plan to send an astronaut into space within the next five to six years. The monkey named “Pishgam,” which means pioneer in Farsi, reportedly traveled 120 kilometers (72 miles) and safely returned to Earth.

Does Ahmadinejad have the same PR strategy as Kim Dotcon – say anything at all, no matter how ridiculous, as long as you stay in the news?

Anyway, hot on the heels of a test where Iran sent a monkey into space, and got a different monkey back, I’m all for Ahmadinejad being the next to go up.


We can only hope the same things happens to him up there.



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  • Quoting: I’m ready to be the first Iranian to sacrifice myself for our country’s scientists,” the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying in an address to space scientists in Tehran.]

    Hmmm where can we donate. He did not say anything about a safe return to Earth…

    So we send him up, put him into a low orbit and get the US, UK, Chinese and Russians into a competition on who can blast it down with their anti-satellite missile first :P (think of it as a turkey shooting competition)

    Hey all 4-powers have an itch for a test and not much would be errrr lost unless all 4 managed to bloody miss…

    And so he sacrificed himself for his Country’s scientists, the scientists learning not to send an idiot into orbit where they become a free turkey shoot by larger powers :P

  • tarkwin

    Wonderful idea, I’d like to nominate Russel Norman as co-pilot. They have so much in common.

    • thor42

      Can we squeeze Helen Clark in as well?

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    Hopefully on a second-hand North Korean rocket.

  • In Vino Veritas

    The guy is already an astronaut. The sky is definitely a different colour in his world.

  • steve and monique

    Best place for him!

  • James M

    At least this monkey is volunteering, the last one looked rather reluctant to be going.

  • Never in the dark…..

    What’s the delay??

    Money?? That’s what http://www.kickstarter.com is for. I’ll put some money in.

  • thor42

    If he says he is willing to “sacrifice himself”, he sure doesn’t have a high opinion of his country’s scientists.

    ( Ok, I think Iran’s scientists aren’t very good too, but for the leader of a country to say that about his own scientists? Ouch. That’s just *asking* for a scientist with a grudge to “do him in”…… )

  • Dani

    Since he’s going to space I’d expect his virgins to look like Jabba the Hutt

  • Rodger T

    I`ll donate a Dollar for a one way ticket for him.

  • StupidDisqus

    Getting rid of Ahmadinejad doesn’t fix Iran — like it or not, compared with the actively mad mullahs he is pretty damn sane.

    Face it: the only solution is a strategic one: full countervalue strikes across all high and mid value targets. Casualties in the 35-40M range. One Ohio broadside should do the trick.

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      You mean buckets of instant sunshine on these shit-holes? Yes, works for me.

  • cows4me

    Didn’t realise they made bottles big enough for the stick, must be good class makers in Iran.