Sunday, December 5, 2010

Muslims In Spaaaaaaaaace

Here's an odd story:
MONTREAL - The head of the Muhammad Institute for Space Science, dedicated to putting the Islamic world back at the forefront of scientific discovery, wants to build a space-launch facility in Canada.

Redouane Al Fakir's goal has been to return Muslims to the place of pride they held, centuries ago, as world leaders in astronomy.

But the Vancouver astrophysicist wants all Canadians to be involved in his project. His proposed commercial space port would be the first of its kind in this country — and Al Fakir says it's about time.

The way he sees it, if countries like India, China and Japan can launch satellites into space, why not Canada?
He wants the launch site for the Muslim world to be here in BC somewhere. I'm of course for such a crazy arrangement but why wouldn't The World's Only Muslim Launch Site be in a country with a dominant Muslim culture? Whoops, prayer call, gotta go.


Hamish Mack said...

OMG, if you thought the political spacerace was fun, wait for the religious spacerace!!
This news will cause the death by explosion of various members of the RW blogaquarium

bjkeefe said...

There's also the practical reality that launching at high latitude is harder than launching nearer the equator.

But I'm all for as many countries as possible being interested in space. It does not look like the US is up to the job anymore.

bjkeefe said...

I have to leave another comment, to salute CAPTCHA's appreciation for Mickey Kaus: megoati

M. Bouffant said...

Whoops, prayer call, gotta go.

You think that's bad, two of Jehovah's least-witted woke me up by knocking at my door 1030ish.

Per WV (logic) I should have answered in a less-than-clothed condition.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

You think that's bad, two of Jehovah's least-witted woke me up by knocking at my door 1030ish.

Last time that happened to me, I told the two elderly ladies, "Usually the agency sends me the same two strippers, but you'll do."

There was a bit in the last section of A Canticle for Leibowitz about a space race being inspired by racial separatist groups, with the wry notice that the Centauri colonizers would have to interbreed to maintain a healthy level of genetic diversity.