Iran's Mehr News agency is reporting that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has volunteered to be the first Iranian citizen launched into space. Say what you will about Ahmadinejad, who is a world-class jag by pretty much any metric you might care to use, but that's a pretty brave move, considering there are significant questions about whether Iran is even capable of launching a monkey into space and retrieving it safely. Representatives of the U.S. government have already responded to Ahmadinejad's orbital aspirations through the accepted diplomatic channels, which in this case is apparently "monkey joke on Twitter."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad spent Saturday, Iran's official Day of Industry and Mine, hanging out with his new best friend Sorina 2 (you don't want to know what happened to Sorina 1). This humanoid robot is Iran's second ever, and it's a little bundle of adorable.