AN IRAQI minister has claimed that the ancient Sumerians travelled to Pluto in spaceships thousands of years ago.
Iraq's Transport Minister Kazem Finjan told reporters in Dhi Qar, south Iraq, that the world's first airport was built there in about 5000 BC.
He said the ancient civilisation of Sumer, one of the oldest known societies, used the airport for space exploration and even discovered Pluto, according to news website The New Arab.
It is believed that the Sumerians settled in southern Mesopotamia, now south Iraq, in 5500 to 4000 BC.
"The first airport that was established on planet earth was in this place," said Mr Finjan, referring to the Sumerian cities of Eridu and Ur, home to ancient temple the Ziggurat of Ur.
The minister also claimed that the angels "were all Sumerian" and "Sumerian spaceships used to launch from here towards the other planets".