Iran drops program for sending humans into space, citing costs

Even though the Iranian government set a goal of sending a human into space by 2018, an Iranian news agency has reported that Tehran has dropped its human space exploration program, citing costs.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Photo Credit: EPA

The Iranian government has decided to cancel its program for sending humans into space, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported that the country’s semi-official ILNA news agency broke the story.

In January 2013, Iran sent a monkey into space and stated that its goal is to send a person into space by 2018. However, it appears that this goal requires more funds than the government can allot. The AP report stated that the deputy head of the space organization told ILNA that the cost of the program was too high.

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