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Prez volunteers to be first Iranian shot into space.

President Ahmadi-nejad offered last Monday to be the first Iranian fired into space--a proposition greeted with guffaws, but also approbation, all around the world.

"I'm willing to be the first human to be sent into space by Iranian scientists," Ahmadi-nejad said at an exhibition of Iranian space achievements,

He was quoted by the state news agency as saying that he was willing to sacrifice his life for the progress of Iran's space program. That did not sound like much of an endorsement of the way the space program is run.

Ahmadi-nejad's offer sparked a competition in snippy remarks on news websites.

"Wasn't it him they sent to space a couple of weeks ago?" asked one commenter in reference to the monkey that was lofted recently.

Another wrote, "By all means, send him up! We'll make arrangements a little later for his return to earth."

A cartoonist modfied the photograph of the monkey to show Ahmadi-nejad's face on the monkey jammed into his seat.

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Title Annotation:President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:Feb 15, 2013
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