We’ve had such good luck with Muslims at the controls of aircraft in the past, President Obama figures we might as well give ‘em a crack at being astronauts while we’re at it:

WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has asked him to “find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries” as the White House pushes the space agency to become a tool of international diplomacy.

“In addition to the nations that most of you usually hear about when you think about the International Space Station, we now have expanded our efforts to reach out to non-traditional partners,” said Bolden, speaking to a lecture hall of young engineering students.

Dozens have come forward to apply for the program — hopefully the ones who are only concerned with learning how to take off and not so much with how to land are weeded out, but I’m not holding my breath.

But in the end this will have little to do with space exploration and everything to do with lining the pockets of the global warming hoaxers:

Specifically, he talked about connecting with countries that do not have an established space program and helping them conduct science missions. He mentioned new opportunities with Indonesia, including an educational program that examines global climate change.

So it’s a combination Muslim space outreach/global warming study, which most likely means that Muslim astronauts be spending considerable time orbiting Al Gore while all parties involved figure out how to safely stick a landing in your wallet.

I’ve been supportive of NASA in the past, but if this is the new direction, it needs to be completely de-funded. Good thing this wasn’t the goal of President Kennedy’s vision, or else Neil Armstrong’s most famous words would have been, “That’s one small step for settled science, one giant leap for the hockey stick. Allahu akbar!” (Side note: No, Neil Armstrong never converted to Islam — a story I suspect might get new life given Obama’s newest “outreach”)

Of course, the toughest thing about being a Muslim astronaut is figuring out how to face Mecca from orbit — plus the carpet tends to catch fire during re-entry.

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4 Responses to “The Fright Stuff: Obama Orders NASA Outreach to Muslims, Al Gore”

  1. Dandapani on February 20th, 2010 10:10 pm

    I read that Iran is gaining experience in "rocketry". Perhaps they can lend NASA a hand… <snark/>

  2. Bill on February 21st, 2010 3:31 am

    In space no one can hear you scream ALLAH AKBAR!

  3. Doug on February 21st, 2010 4:32 am

    In space no one can hear you scream ALLAH AKBAR!

    Good point… nor can there be a fiery explosion, and buildings can't collapse because of zero-gravity… my fears are unfounded.

  4. Dandapani on February 21st, 2010 12:22 pm

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