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How Does an Astronaut Face Mecca?

Wired has a very interesting article about Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysia's first astronaut, who plans on spending nine days aboard the International Space Station during the month of Ramadan. Shukor is a Muslim, and as such, must face Mecca five times each day, when he prays. This begs an important question: which way does one face when the qibla (the direction towards Mecca) can change up to 180 degrees during a single prayer?

Angkasa, Malaysia's space program, called upon 150 Muslim scholars to answer this and other questions relating to performing proper worship while in space. The group produced a document covering everything from how to perform ritual ablutions aboard the space station to how to prostrate oneself in zero-gravity. You can read it for yourself here (Word document).

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Comments on How Does an Astronaut Face Mecca?
  Comment from Blogger gnome at Wednesday, October 03, 2007 9:43:00 AM
You can't be serious, right?

(Wouldn't dare touching the link)

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