Iran plans to put a monkey into space. I wonder if Obama will hitch a ride?

“Kavoshgar 4, manufactured by Iranian scientists and experts, will be launched into space by mid-March,” Fazeli told IRNA on Tuesday, “and will carry a monkey as passenger.”

Press TV — Kavoshgar 4 (Explorer 4) is planned to take a 120-kilometer course and carry out studies on solar and galaxy radiations, as well as astronomical and meteorological studies, Fazeli said. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled Kavoshgar 4 (Explorer 4) and three other national satellites on Monday on the occasion of the Ten Days of Dawn celebrations.

Four national satellites — Fajr (Dawn), Rasad (Observation), Amirkabir I, Zafar (Victory) and the Kavoshgar 4 (Explorer 4) satellite carrier — were unveiled on Monday in presence of Ahmadinejad and Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi. Iran launched its first domestically-produced satellite, Omid (hope), into orbit in 2009.

The Omid data-processing satellite was designed to circle the Earth 15 times every 24 hours and to transmit data via two frequency bands and eight antennas to an Iranian space station.