Yes, the DR Congo has a space program

I completely missed this story in August. The DR Congo are sending rats (rastronauts?) into space via rocket:

Jason Stearns puts it best:

I’m so glad the Congolese government is investing money in sending rats into outer space. It makes the war in the East tolerable to know that Congolese rodents are in orbit.

See his other picks for most unusual Congo news of 2009.