Iran comedy team strikes again - sending a manned mission to the Moon

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Iran comedy team strikes again - sending a manned mission to the Moon

From the team that bought you the photoshopped missile launches, and the botched satellite launch comes the latest hilarity with the announcement that Iran is sending a manned mission to the Moon. I think they still have to reach earth first.

Of course all this propaganda is for internal consumption, no one in the west believes they can do it.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran plans to send a manned rocket into space in the next 10 years, state television reported on Thursday, just days after the Islamic Republic announced it had put a dummy satellite into orbit.

Embroiled in a standoff with the West over its nuclear ambitions, Iran said on Sunday it had put a dummy satellite into orbit on a home-grown rocket for the first time.

U.S. security officials said Tehran's attempted satellite launch was a failure that fell short of claimed successes, but an analyst said the test marked a technical advance for Iran.

The long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into space can also be used for launching weapons. Iran says it has no such intention.

The West accuses Iran of seeking to build a nuclear warhead, a charge Tehran denies, insisting its nuclear ambitions are aimed at generating electricity so it that it can export more of its massive oil and gas reserves.

"One of the aims of Iran's 10-year space program is to send a manned rocket into space," state television quoted Reza Taghipour, the head of Iran's aerospace organization, as saying.

"Within in the next six months to one year, the exact date of this mission will be determined," he added.

Taghipour said Iran would cooperate with Islamic countries in building a satellite that television said would be called, Besharat, meaning 'good news'. He also said Iran was working with Russia and other Asian states to launch another satellite.

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By netchicken: posted on 22-8-2008








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