Yemen forced to scrap space programme after religious edict

SANA’A: Yemeni authorities confirmed this morning that they had pulled the plug on the country’s space programme following the recent issuing of a fatwa against living on Mars.

“Naturally, we’re all very disappointed,” said Ghaith al-Mitty, lead scientist at the Yemeni Arab Space Agency (YASA).

“We’d already got most of the fuel. And some of the drawings we’ve done for the rocket looked great.”

However, al-Mitty admitted that he agreed with the decision of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment.

“Besides, some of the guys were a bit freaked out by Gravity,” he said.

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12 Responses to Yemen forced to scrap space programme after religious edict

  1. Ali February 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    This article is factually incorrect. I believe Yemen only stopped their Mars mission not their entire space program. I believe there are plans to launch their first satellite by 2077. Please do your homework.

  2. Nasr Al Shutel February 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    such a pity. I wanted to see proof the earth is flat and the sun orbiting it.

  3. Anonymous February 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Next, they will issue a fatwa against living on Earth… :(

    • Anonymous February 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Yes! That IS what they will do next! Damn Yemenis.

  4. Weston February 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    The Yemen people. THE Yemem. Staghfa’Allah…..

  5. ASH February 21, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Strange decision as men are from Mars. Perhaps they want to land on Venus?

    • Anonymous February 21, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      But with that logic, perhaps they wanna land on Uranus?

  6. Phil Grange February 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    They refused to go to Mars because you can see Uranus from there….. boom boom

  7. Anonymous February 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    NASA, brilliant

  8. Anonymous February 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Sorry YASA, could not type for laughter :)

  9. cheeseontoast69 March 11, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I think the real reason for YASA pulling the plug is recent news that North Korea have landed a man on the sun. A mission to Mars is a poor effort in comparison.Yemen needs to set its target a bit higher next time.

  10. Noodles March 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    What does Islam has to do with This?? Did Allah say in the Quran “Hey you are muslim don’t try to go to Mars”?? I am a Yemeni and I am disappointed that YASA who is supposedly educated people to stop from advancing because of a decision from General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment. Sorry Yemen Land you have got stupid people living on you


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