Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology posted a picture of Iran’s space suit on his Twitter account on Tuesday with the caption “Astronaut costume #bright_future”.
Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, a former intelligence officer and currently the youngest member of Iran’s cabinet, didn’t manage to stir up a wave of national pride.
Instead, users scrutinized the picture and realized the space suit was in fact a $20 Halloween costume available for purchase on Amazon.com and other online retailers.
Fabian is right. Jahromi’s tweet does provide for some entertainment (mostly because of its the perfect marriage of incompetence and hubris, which really summarizes the Islamic Republic’s track record on many issues) but there’s something real here and it’s worth taking note: https://t.co/2myN14zoHn
— Ariane Tabatabai (@ArianeTabatabai) February 4, 2020
The only differences between the two are slight but clearly noticeable. The Iranian suit removed the NASA logos and the US flag on the left arm from the Halloween costume and you can clearly see the stitches where they used to be and stitched an Iranian flag on the right arm which is not even a symmetric rectangle.
Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, the former intelligence officer, who is currently Minister of Information & Communications Technology in #Iran claimed that it's the Iranian #astronaut suit image. While it's a kids costume which available at #amazon for $23.https://t.co/oeGp9ugC7F https://t.co/0uoi0RkHg0 pic.twitter.com/qijZbYBA9G
— Ahmad Batebi (@radiojibi) February 4, 2020
While Hadi Nili, a journalist who covers the US for BBC Persian, reminded people that US magazine Foreign Policy had once called Jahromi “Iran’s Macron”.
Iran ICT Minister Javad Azari Jahromi, who was once called "Iran's Macron" on @ForeignPolicy, tweets pic of some halloween astronaut costume w/ NASA badge & US flag removed, while the caption reads "astronauts' outfit – #BrightFuture", just days before Iran's planned "sat launch" https://t.co/QVaNwBwoDa
— Hadi Nili (@HadiNili) February 4, 2020
Tehran announced on Monday that it will launch a satellite into orbit by the end of this week. This comes after at least two failed satellite launches last year.