Fast-er and the speed of light
By Robin Abrahams
It's always a challenge to integrate valued traditions with new technology. If just figuring out a proper e-mail salutation stresses you out, be glad you're not this guy--a Malaysian Muslim who will be in space during the final days of Ramadan. How do you know when you should do your five daily prayers when you're orbiting the earth? And how do you figure out which way Mecca is?
According to news reports, a team of Islamic scholars worked to help answer these questions, and published the first religious-practice guide for Muslims in space. I think a bigger problem for Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor might be fighting off the ladies when he returns home. In addition to being a doctor and astronaut, Sheikh Shukor is also a part-time model who practices yoga and meditation. What a cutie!