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.