Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Iran Asks Russia to Help Send Man Into Space — Expert

Iran wishes to send a man into space. The country plans to ask Russia for help and Russia is not opposed to the idea, a Russian expert said on Tuesday.

The idea of the first spaceflight by an Iranian is very attractive to Iran in the light of the country’s ambitions to become a key state not only in the region but in the whole Islamic world,” the director of the Russian Centre for Modern Iranian Studies, Rajab Safarov, was quoted by RIA-Novosti as saying while on a visit to Tehran.

Safarov said the Russian side does not object to helping Iran. He added that the Iranian leadership would put the proposal to Russia “in the very near future.”