Israel And Iran: A Space Oddity

Israel is set to put another Israeli into space.

Astronaught-Ilian-RamonThe Science and Technology Ministry is looking seriously into the option of training another Israeli to become an astronaut in the tradition of the late Col. Ilan Ramon, who died in space on the US Columbia space shuttle exactly a decade ago.

The Israel Space Agency is making informal contacts with international space authorities on the matter. Although the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration has halted the dispatching of manned space shuttles into space, it may be than an Israeli trained by NASA could be sent to work at the International Space Station in a few years, the ministry said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Israel has been invited to join the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS); it previously had only observer status on the committee, which is the central international body that deals with space matters.

This follows news that the Iranians put a monkey into space.

space-monkey(CNN) — Monkeys in space.

No, it’s not the title of a wacky B movie, featuring primates amongst the stars in a bid for intergalactic dominance. Rather, Iran says this plot represents its latest bid to join the space race, though Iran’s foes fear the real aim may be to test missile launching capabilities for less peaceful purposes.

According to official Iranian news reports, the primate was strapped snugly into a Pishgam (or Pioneer) rocket and launched 120 kilometers (75 miles) into the sky on Monday.He returned back to Earth sometime later, looking shell-shocked but alive as a crowd of men along the desert ground rejoiced, video from state-run Press TV showed.

“Sending (the monkey into space) and retrieving it was the first step for sending humans into space,” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

Which is kind of ironic, considering we are supposedly the descendants of apes.

I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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  • Jim from Iowa

    Are there any ultra-Orthodox in the Israeli space program? If not, a good way to recruit them, I think, would be to run a segment of “The Simpsons” where Rod and Todd Flanders are gleefully jumping up and down on a trampoline proclaiming “It brings us closer to God!” There’s also Mel Brooks’ “Jews in Space” segment from “History of the World, Part One” but that’s a little too futuristic, I think.

    • Norman B.

      That could be problematic, as they would have to keep intoning the morning, afternoon and evening prayers over and over again with each orbit.

  • Lloyd S.

    Gee, I had no idea that Assmandiddlejob was brave enough to be a space pioneer for his country. And such a flattering picture of him, too.

    • http://www.yahoo.com Honorary

      Ditto. Look like they put him on a diet before sending him off. I hope he gone for goods. This guy proves the Evolution theory that some did evolve from monkeys. Whenever I have a doubt the Evolution – myths or facts- then I saw Moochelle obama, oprah, whoopi – I have to admit – its the fact. Especially moochelle and whoopi just remaining the resemble image of apes

  • http://moneyjihad.wordpress.com/ Money Jihad

    Monkey or man, launching a rocket into space is a scientific and military achievement, especially considering the alleged difficulty of obtaining specialized parts, equipment, and electronics while being under sanctions.

    So sad that the Ayatollah and his monkey would prefer to remain under sanctions and starve their own people than to give up their “scientific” programs.

  • spindok

    I’ll bet in another 30 or 40 years Iran will invent a telephone you can use in your car.

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