Boxes and blade to make simple, kid-friendly spaceship as a kid = 7 Iranian rials
Dials and levers from old military junk store to make spaceship more fun = 24 Iranian rials
Finding out that even though you were the Dictat... err, President, you won't actually go to space = PRICELESS
Anyway, interesting story over at Examiner.Com
The War is Boring blog reported on Saturday that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been obliged to cancel its nascent space program. This development means that former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s dream of being the first astronaut to be launched into space by Iran have been dashed. Ironically, Anousheh Ansari, who was obliged to flee to the United States from Iran to avoid religious oppression, remains the only Iranian-born space traveler. She did it by going to Texas, making her fortune in the electronics business, and paying for her trip to the International Space Station.
Iran’s space program, developed with the help of Russia and North Korea, was designed for propaganda purposes, to prove that the Islamic Republic could launch satellites into space. Iran managed a handful of launches, but also experienced a number of failures. One set of missions sent a number of small animals, such as turtles, worms, and monkeys, into space. Another placed a small imaging satellite into low Earth orbit.
A more ominous purpose existed for the Iranian space program existed, however. Iran, which is in the process of making a nuclear bomb, needs a way to deliver such a weapon. A ballistic missile that could reach targets in Israel, Europe, and ultimately the United States would have fit the bill nicely. Now Iran may get the Bomb but will have difficulty delivering it to its enemies.
The main reason for Iran's space program's collapse is that the country is in the midst of an economic meltdown, thanks to the collapse in the price of oil. It simply cannot afford a space program under such circumstances. The Islamic Republic is also suffering a brain drain as young scientists and engineers prefer to flee to other countries to work rather than live under a theocratic regime that literally locks people up for singing and dancing. Ansari is a prime example of someone who could have enriched Iran with her drive and intellect, but had to become an American to realize her full potential.