Monday, February 4, 2008

Iranians in Space

Iran's state-run television news agency announced that the country has made its first steps in developing a space program by testing a rocket capable of carrying satellites into space. While the rocket, called Explorer-1, did not deploy a satellite (and there's really no evidence it even reached the edge of space), President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touted this as a major achievement for Iran. Skeptics and rational thinkers the world over are suspicious that Iran's space program could be a cover for the development of ballistic missiles. But this is probably just as innocent as Iran's recent "Everybody Carry an Oddly Large Suitcase Day", their week-long "Household Uranium Celebration", and their "Why Would We Start a Nuclear Program?" program. According to Muslim tradition, there are no physical laws governing the universe, and every movement is solely due to the will of Allah. In which case, why build a thrust-based rocket when you could just pray to have your satellites lifted into space? More details here.

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