This Iranian space suit is a real bargain.
Iran's Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi uploaded an image to Twitter last week with the caption "astronaut costume #bright_future."
But users were quick to point out that the alleged space suit was actually a $20 Halloween costume, sold by online retailers including Amazon and Walmart.
لباس فضانوردان#آینده_روشن✨ pic.twitter.com/DBVCgaMnkl
— MJ Azari Jahromi (@azarijahromi) February 4, 2020
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The smoking gun is what appears to be two outlines — one rectangular and one round, on the chest area of the suit — that perfectly align with two fake NASA patches found on the children's costume, The Drive points out.
After being founded in 2004, Iran's space agency has launched a number of satellites into orbit over the last decade — but has yet to send any astronauts into space.
The preposterous tweet feels reminiscent of previous attempts by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Crops, a paramilitary militia, to pass off a "Qaher 313" stealth fighter" mockup as the real thing — there's still no evidence it can actually fly, despite unconvincing video footage of a test flight involving a small-scale drone, The National Interest reported in October.
The militia even claimed to have developed, or helped develop, the US Space Shuttle in a recently erected billboard, according to The Drive.
It's a tough era for Iran's space efforts. An Iranian satellite Zafar 1 failed to reach a high enough speed on Sunday to enter orbit after liftoff, as Space.com reports.
READ MORE: Iranian Minister Tried To Pass Off A $20 Halloween Costume As A Real Spacesuit [The Drive]
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