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Iran's President Ahmadinejad volunteers to go into space

  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has offered to become the first person to be sent into space by his country's space program.

    "I'm ready to be the first Iranian to be sacrificed by the scientists of my country and go into space," he said during an address to scientists on Iran's national day of space technology in Tehran on Monday.

    Ahmadinejad's offer comes after Iran last week announced it had successfully sent a monkey to space.

    In response, U.S. Senator John McCain mocked Ahmadinejad's comments via Twitter.

    "So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week?" McCain tweeted.

    In 2011, Ahmadinejad announced Iran planned to send a man into space by 2019.

    A domestically made satellite was sent into orbit for the first time in 2009.

    Western nations warn that the country’s space program could be used to develop long-range missiles to carry nuclear warheads, a move denied by Iran.

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