HAIL ATLANTIS

International Space Station, over Pico Island, the Azores

The first Muslim in space. He was a long way from Pico Boulevard. He had cringed at "Need Another Seven Astronauts" when the Challenger blew up, but he could live with "Need A Sunni Aboard." Praise be to Allah, and GOD BLESS AMERICA! He sure hoped the Non-Terrestrial Officers weren't feeling frisky this mission. He didn't need to see anything that would keep him stuck in low-earth orbit. He was going to Mars, if he had to hitch a ride with the Chinese to do it.

 

2010