Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Muslims Grappling with the High Frontier   posted by TangoMan @ 4/19/2006 09:26:00 PM

Next Tuesday Kuala Lumpur will host an important two day seminar on Islam and Life in Space. With Malyasian astronauts likely to be sent to the ISS by the Russians there is an urgency to the question of how Islam should be practiced in the unique conditions of space. For instance, with the station orbiting the Earth 16 times in 24 hours can the astronauts do any work on the station when they are praying 5 times every 90 minutes? Also, will they have to change the direction they pray in as the position of the ISS changes in relation to Mecca as the ISS progresses on its orbit? Vexing questions indeed.