Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor just became the first Malaysian in space. I was a little amused at how daily Muslim rituals had to be adapted for space travel.

“At the speed the space station travels, orbiting the Earth 16 times every 24 hours, Sheikh Muszaphar would have been obliged to pray more than 80 times a day. . .The guidelines allow the astronaut to pray only five times a day and that the times should follow the location of the spacecraft’s launch.”

It’s a little ridiculous how religion, which is supposedly of universal scope, is so embedded in the narrow context of human experience.