Iranians Planning Human Spaceflight Program

The Tehran Times says that Iran is planning to become the latest country to send humans into space:

Iran plans to send astronauts into space and is currently conducting the relevant studies, Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour announced on Saturday.

“This project is currently under study and… (we) hope to be able to implement the project in the near future,” Taqipour said at a ceremony held to inaugurate World Space Week.

It is essential to adopt national strategies in order to successfully implement the project, he added.

The story doesn’t give any further details on exactly how or when Iran is planning to accomplish this feat. The country does have a rocket capable of launching small satellites into space.