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Taking Religion to Outer Space. The last thing we should be doing!!

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posted on Aug, 30 2006 @ 02:34 AM

As Malaysia's space program prepares to send the country's first astronaut to the space station next year, it is tackling some unusual quandaries, such as when to conduct the five daily Islamic prayers on an orbiting ship where a day lasts only 90 minutes.

A computer program called Muslims in Space, which calculates when space faring Muslims should pray and, using spherical trigonometry, discerns the direction of the Ka'aba, the holy shrine in Mecca that Muslims face during prayer.

To settle the timing question, the software divides the space station's 90-minute "days" into the same five periods used for prayer in conventional, ground-based Islam. The program then links these periods to standard Greenwich time, so the astronauts can pray at both the correct Earth time and the correct time of day that they perceive on the space station.

Heck! Religion! To what lengths we earthlings go. We are on the threshold of discovery of “Space: the final frontier, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations...”(Star Trek).

So should we be taking the baggage of religion with us? How many wars have been fought in the name of religion? Must we ‘pollute’ the pristine glory of the Universe with our religious beliefs?

posted on Aug, 30 2006 @ 02:21 PM
Religion is something that will inevitably accompany us into space,
theres really nothing we cand o about it, except kill every person
who believes in a religion, and that's not gonna happen.

Over time we'll become more secular new "New Age" religions will
develop in space.


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