• All Share : 52242.12
    UP 0.61%
    Top 40 : 4482.88
    UP 0.90%
    Financial 15 : 14868.65
    UP 0.68%
    Industrial 25 : 59601.87
    UP 0.48%

  • ZAR/USD : 10.6024
    UP 0.46%
    ZAR/GBP : 17.9556
    UP 0.14%
    ZAR/EUR : 14.2171
    UP 0.19%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1038
    UP 0.16%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.9461
    UP 0.15%

  • Gold : 1297.4950
    DOWN -0.47%
    Platinum : 1481.5000
    DOWN -0.17%
    Silver : 20.5065
    DOWN -0.32%
    Palladium : 881.5000
    UP 0.74%
    Brent Crude Oil : 107.380
    DOWN -0.18%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by INET BFA
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Tue Jul 29 18:49:54 SAST 2014

Ahmadinejad wants to be the first Iranian to go to space

Sapa-dpa | 04 February, 2013 14:52
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes the peace sign,
Image by: EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he was ready to become the first Iranian to go to space, official news agency IRNA reported.

"For the sake of the country's scientific progress, I am ready to even sacrifice my life and become the first Iranian astronaut to go to space," IRNA quoted the president as saying.

According to Ahmadinejad, Iran will send its first astronaut to space within four or five years.

Iran last week sent a monkey into orbit and returned it safely back to earth, and has ambitions to become the first Islamic country to send an astronaut to space.

Ahmadinejad denied Western charges that Iran's space programme had a military dimension.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.
Tue Jul 29 18:49:54 SAST 2014 ::