Last month the first Malaysian traveled to space. This is significant not only because Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the orthopedic surgeon/lecturer/male model, is the first from Malaysia to orbit the earth, he is also the first Muslim to do so. In preparation for his trip a guidebook was written, describing how to observe Muslim religious obligations while in space.
This has gotten some media attention in Singapore. The other day on the bus I caught a news segment about this event. The anchorwoman summed the story up something like this:
A major milestone in the anals of Malaysian aerospace history.
She promptly corrected herself, pronouncing it annals.
I’m not sure if anyone else on the bus caught it… I was definitely the only one laughing 🙂