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Malaysian astronaut details experience of praying in space

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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2012

A Malaysian man has detailed his experience as the first Muslim to pray in space.

Speaking at a conference in Turkey, Doctor Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor said that like any Muslim on Earth, he was able to pray five times a day and fast in space. Shukor said he asked for fatwas from religious scientists in Malaysia, Iran, Saudi and the US about the practice of Islam in space.
The fatwas said it was enough for him to turn his face towards earth in order to pray in the direction of Mecca. Shukor traveled to space as the ninth Muslim astronaut in 2007. The cost of going to space as a non-professional is around 25 million dollars. Space tourists receive 18 months of training in a space launch facility near the Kazakh city of Baikonur before going to space.

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