NASA Administrator Charles Bolden expressed plans to utilize NASA programs for foreign diplomacy. The remarks made in an Al-Jazeera interview aired on June 30 resulted in a national debate as to the proper uses of NASA.

White House spokesman Nick Shapiro confirmed that President Barack Obama “wants NASA to engage with the world's best scientists and engineers as we work together to push the boundaries of exploration”.

Obama’s extension is not limited to the Muslim world, according to Shapiro, but refers to the collaboration of countries from various continents.



July 16th

Why? why? why? why? why? Why keep on saying islam contributions to science? Christianity, buddhism, hinduism, etc. never ever claim religion did this and that. Rubbish!


July 14th

Religion was relative to science in times (and places) where it controlled what thoughts people were allowed to do and what areas of the world they were allowed to explore. In the modern world we are working towards a place where religion is not used as a barrier to the seeking of knowledge. As a way of promoting knowledge... I don't know why it would be necessary. A person who turns to science because his religion tells him to doesn't strike me as the ultimate example of an upstanding scientist. Do you need God to order you to in order to seek knowledge? That seems a pretty shallow reasoning to me. I like that NASA is reaching out to other countries... but before space exploration, shouldn't living conditions in those countries be the first priority? Women's rights? Etc...

Nader Alacozy

July 14th

Yah, Kamran is right about that. Religion is relevant. If you think about the works by Galileo and other scientists that were suppressed because they were deemed blasphemous by the church, you will see the huge impact on the culture and growth of this sort of scientific knowledge during those times. However, I agree that it doesn't play as big a role in today's achievements as some of us would like.

Kamran Haikal

July 13th

Perhaps we should all pay some more attention to the tenets of Islam, and how important knowledge is within it. Islam considers seeking knowledge an obligation on every Muslim, and without this motivation from a higher being, Avicenna, Khwarizmi, Khayyaam, Batuta, Khaldun, to name a few, wouldn't have changed the world the way they did. After all, what they were doing was for God wasn't it? Religion is VERY relevant, on the contrary.

Fred Thompson

July 13th

The Muslims were not the leaders in scientific fields, Islam didn't give the world algebra. Individuals did. Their religions are irrelevant.

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