July 6th, 2010
08:26 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Charles Bolden

Recent comments made by the NASA administrator have become fodder for conservative bloggers and left some space buffs wondering just what really is NASA's mission.

"When I became the NASA administrator, [President Obama] charged me with three things," Bolden said in an interview with Al-Jazeera. "One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."

The website NASA Watch reported Bolden's interview comments a few days ago, but they seem to have hit the fan in a larger-scale Monday.

Bryan York of The San Francisco Examiner wrote in response: "From moon landings to promoting self-esteem: It would be difficult to imagine a more dramatic shift in focus for an agency famous for reaching the heavens."

NASA Watch: Charlie Bolden: Stealth Middle East diplomat?

The San Francisco Examiner: NASA's new mission: Building ties to the Muslim world

Noa Baum

The status of relations between Israelis and Palestinians, people with competing allegiances to the same piece of real estate, is on the table as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Tuesday with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Baum, who was born in Israel and raised in Jerusalem, now lives near Washington. She is a storyteller who performs a one-woman piece called "A Land Twice Promised" in which she adopts two personas, an Israeli and a Palestinian mother. Her message: There are competing narratives and peace is not possible without accepting the narrative of "the other."

The genesis of this piece was born when Baum moved to the United States and developed a friendship with a Palestinian woman.

"Sometimes when someone has lost so much," she says, "there is no room for the story of 'the other.' But those stories are vitally important."

Noa Baum: Peacebuilding: 'A Land Twice Promised'

Max Bergmann

Along with tens of millions of others, Bergmann's attentions will be diverted Tuesday by the first of two semifinals in the World Cup football tournament.

Bergmann is co-proprietor of the blog Association Football, where junkies of the beautiful and sometimes not-so-beautiful game exchange opinions.

Bergmann is a fan of Tottenham Hotspurs, a London team in the English Premier League, and D.C. United in Major League Soccer. Bergmann's day job is policy analyst at the Center for American Progress and blogging for Think Progress. He also has written op-eds for numerous newspapers and magazines.

But Bergmann has his priorities straight. The World Cup is, after all, the World Cup. Incidentally, "Association Football" was an early name for the sport created in England now known as soccer (er, football).

The Netherlands play Uruguay on Tuesday, the winner advancing to the Sunday final. The second semifinal on Wednesday pits Germany against Spain.

Association Football

Cullen Jones

On a sweltering day, nothing cools better than a swim. Jones knows that more African-Americans need to learn that skill.

A study commissioned by USA Swimming and conducted by the University of Memphis found that nearly 70 percent of African-American children and 58 percent of Hispanic children have low or no swim ability. Forty percent of Caucasians are in the same predicament. Black kids are three times more likely to drown than white children.

From nearly drowning at a Pennsylvania water park as a 5-year-old - "I remember how it feels to get lightheaded and that terrible feeling that you are drowning," he told Black Voices - Jones grew to be an Olympic swimmer. As part of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he became to the second African-American to win a gold medal in the sport.

Jones, 26, is the primary face of Make a Splash, a project of the USA Swimming Foundation.

Black Voices: Olympic star Cullen Jones saving lives by teaching black and Latino kids to swim

USA Swimming Foundation: Make a Splash

USA Swimming: Constraints impacting minority swimming participation (PDF)

Mike Pearson

The former Associated Press and Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter is a new member of the Association of Personal Historians and has embarked on a project to record the oral histories of people in the Gulf Coast region affected by the oil disaster.

"The simple mission is to find stories of people who love the Gulf and its inhabitants, who make their living from it, who have grown up with it in their back yards, and to tell and preserve those stories," Pearson wrote in an e-mail to Association of Personal Historians members, who record and preserve family histories.

Pearson has created a website, The Gulf and Me, where he will publish the stories, photos and video from his trip. He also is soliciting nominations for people to interview and stories to tell.

The Gulf and Me


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  1. Brian

    It's Tottenham Hotspur singular, not plural

    July 6, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      July 6, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      NASA's core mission is science, regardless of what the new agenda tries to be. Political correctness and diplomatic overtures to Moslems - a people who are prima facie dedicated to living in the tenth century - should be left to the US State Department. The NASA Director should be fired if one could assume a rational replacement could be found. But since the agenda is being set by our President, replacing the director probably would not help.

      Too bad James Webb doesn't run the place any more. We need someone like him.

      July 6, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • free2comment

      NASA's Mission, Muslims and Why... apageinthelife blogspot com
      That's why...

      July 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      This is the biggest story in the news today. Why is it buried in this obscure area of CNN? Never mind. I know why.

      July 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Harnes

    We don't need to explore space. We don't need to advance technology our people – our nation. We need to steal the founds and redirect NASA to turn it into a PR firm for this administration. Charles Bolden is in charge of NASA – not the state department. He should be fired, but then again the current administration needs to be fired..

    As to your story:
    Recent comments made by the NASA administrator have become fodder for conservative bloggers and left some space buffs wondering just what really is NASA's mission.

    Do you have any idea how outraged those Americans who support Space exploration are? We are not just some conservative bloggers. As to this government, twisting NASA's role – it is another reason so many Americans will be voting in November to gut the ability of this administration to approve future legislation. We want change we believe it. Not an administration so lost that it refuses to listen to anyone but the special interest advocates.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Hi John – I spoke to my friend, Curtis, after the administration canceled the Constellation program to see what thinks. He works on the shuttle program, so I figured he would be a great source of information rather than bloggers. Curtis said he was disappointed in the decision, but realized that it made sense in the end. You see, the Shuttle program is being canceled at the close of 2010 and Constellation was not going to be ready for about 5-6 years and at a very high cost. The new strategy is to build a more efficient manned rocket that will be cheaper, more effcient and ready for use in 4-5 years. Even with the Constellation program, NASA would have had a 5-6 year gap in manned flight; this new strategy cheapens the cost and cuts the amount of time between manned flights after Shuttle is decommissioned. I really don't understand what your beef is.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenin

      Amen John – this administration is a complete joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here's to praying that Obama is a one term Prez – and his house of loonies leaves soon as well!

      July 6, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenin

      Luke – NASA was created for Americans to explore space........ Not to handle the Islamic PR for this far left, extremist administration that is actually being run by the Rham "The Devil" Emmanuel.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Conservative bloggers CNN? you are pathetic....EVERYONE is upset about this disgrace....

      July 6, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • buccakenji

      Reply to LUKE: Cancellation or delay of any future space exploration is acceptable under today's economic conditions. Promoting or reaching out to Muslim countries BY NASA is not just unacceptable, it is directly opposed to the funding authorization of Congress. You want an astronaut to visit a school to get kids interested in math and science, OK. But having the director of the agency promoting Muslim connections as a PR program is totally unacceptable. He should be fired and maybe even prosecuted for treason.

      July 6, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • abe lincoln

      Dear Pres Obama,

      Just a comment to you..."Have you lost you ever-loving mind man?" "If anything, you should be tapping NASA resources to repair the oil leak hole one mile down in the Gulf...not, repair the US/Muslim world relations!" Good Lord (or, good Allah) man have you no common sense about you at all. Are you just making this up as you go along...it's like playing a game with a seven year old...."oops....I meant to say this rule applies...oops, that one doesn't, etc." AMERICA..wake up and vote in November and stop this madness before we have no country left!

      July 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      My beef is that Constellation had high-earth-orbit and extraorbital capability. Whatever they replace it with will likely be another iron dog designed to resupply that stupid WPA-Political Correctness project known as the ISS.

      July 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd A

      John, what space exploration are you talking about? The kind where we lauch 30 year old shuttles into low earth orbit to do experiments? Or the kind thatwill take another 20 years at the current rate to achive?The shuttles are unsafe, constellation was behind schedule and over cost, what was the administration supposed to do? Threow more money at it?

      July 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Spend spend spend spend. THat is all you cpnservatives ever understand.

      July 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. d coradini

    Any time a person of a minority background is in a visible position - be they a CEO, a politician, a movie star, or a prominent scientist - they are in a position to put a positive face on their culture. That affects both those within the culture and others who may be negatively stereotyping that culture. Of course that is part of Bolden's mission - not that of the space program - just of Charles Bolden being a positive role model and representative of the Muslim people. I didn't see anyone balk when the first Asian person was on the space shuttle. Was that appeasement? No, it was just a qualified person who also had the ability to represent another culture, just as the first woman, first black person, first anything to act in a role typically filled by the average white male does.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • cwfusto

      d coradini-–what does being chinese have to do with a religious belief? Muslims are people who believe in a religion, chinese people are BORN to have genetic make-up that changes their appearance based on geographical evolution. You are not BORN muslim, but rather CHOOSE to live a Islamic life. TWO ENTIRELY different criteria for being able to pilot space craft if we are going to use your rational. ūüėČ Better hit those history books.

      July 6, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • abe lincoln

      What...so, if you're running a trillion dollar company, you hire someone so they can improve the stature of their race rather than focusing on improving the bottome line....that logic is so flawed it's laughable!

      July 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      Ok.. now I really am confused. What does any of that have to do with him stating that, in his role as NASA Administrator, President Obama told him to "foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."

      Charles Bolden was born, raised and educated in the United States... not in a "dominantly Muslim Nation". In fact, his advanced training, at least, was on the US public dime given that he was a Naval Academy graduate with further training to be part of the astronaut program.

      He has been very active in encouraging children, especially African American children, to strive and reach for their dreams. So the part about re-inspiring school children to excel in maths and science being part of his priorities at NASA does make sense. Especially since that has been traditionally a part of NASA's mission and I can understand why one would think he might have additional responsibility as a role model to young African Americans. But where you are getting that his primary role should be outreach to Muslim countries when he is not and never has been part of those countries?

      July 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • thruthseeker

      You r all right; NASA has nothing to do with PR with Muslims .But you are not stupids to fall in for the propaganda machines like cnn and fox against the the muslems.
      I'm sure that 90% of u will converte to islam if u make a little effort and do some recherche about islam.

      July 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erick with a "c" and a "k"

      Hello. the history lessons are grand. The history of cultures is grand. Books and college courses and articles will keep this history in tact for centuries to come. Let's go back to the present. Our president changed NASA's mission. Okay, are we comfortable with that? Nope. He wants the head of NASA to reach out to Muslim nations. Why just Muslim nations? I hate to sound paranoid here, though this mission statement sounds like, "hey, let's take our best and brightest in their secret think tank, and share with just the Muslim nations our secret think tank." Mind you.... the litmus test for stupid statements is how quickly congress and the senate comes to the defense. SO far, only the white house is on damage control. B.O. you stink as badly as Bush. buh-bye.

      July 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lance

    You would be surprised how much of the simple math and science you do everyday has historically come out of the Muslim and Middle Eastern world. Open your history books and you'll see that civilization was born in the Middle East. Muslim, Jew, American...whatever....they're still people who have a long history of contributing to the advancement of civilization through music, science, and mathematics. Not all Muslims are terrorists. I think we should load all of the small minded Americans onto the Discovery and send them to Uranus. That way they can share their small minded filth with each other. For the record, I'm an American and no I'm not a Muslim.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Ivan Maldonado

      Lance, Yes you right about that not all the Muslims are Terrorists, but all the terrorists are Muslim, thing about it....

      July 6, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanD

      And you're an idiot as well. Do you understand the difference between Space Exploration and Foreign Relations? Obviously not.
      Let me spell it out for you. You know how your job involves flipping burgers all day and pulling the fries out when the timer goes off? It would be like someone adding to your responsibilities the task of balancing people's checkbooks as they go through the drive through. You see how unrelated the two are?
      I know you're probably thinking "Hey, that doesn't sound hard, what do I have to balance it on? My nose?" Actually it's a saying which means "To reconcile a checking account by comparing bank statement with check book register." Something obviously way beyond your current skill set of fast food preparation and door greeting.

      July 6, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • sagebrush

      Contributions to Science by Muslims decreased in direct propotion to the increase in in Radical Islam. Muslims today are apparantly forbidden from having original thoughts or ideas.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • uchii

      sagebrush, you are absolutely wrong. Muslims have every right that any other religion does, as long as it is done with modesty. research before you remark.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      That's funny...because I actually do balance a very large company checkbook everyday all day. =p

      July 6, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Arab nations still live in the glory of 1000 years ago. Ever since then the Middle East did not produce anything of value... there was no Arab Einstein or a Persian Furrier. Well, Jews are a Semitic people so you can sort of tie them to ME.

      July 6, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • funyy

      hey Ivan Maldonado, are you saying that the Oklahoma bomber is a Muslim? his name is Timothy James McVeigh, 168 people killed including 19 children. in my view, i think anybody who kills innocent people is a terrorist and it is happening across the globe this days, countries with power are dropping bombs targeting one man among thousand of civilians.

      July 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Braveheart

      why don't you pack your bags and set your journey, today's Muslim world has absolute zero contribution apart from suicide bombs killing more muslims. Muslims have only one agenda, take control and subjugate , be a Muslim or die. Islam is not a religion, it's against every human values. So Barack Husssain Obama wants is give America to Mooslims and then enjoy the brotherhood. Americans got to wake up....

      July 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • abe lincoln

      Thanks for the incredible insight there Lance....easy to see your "IQ" shining thru your ignominious comments.

      July 6, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      I can understand the value in teaching US children about the contributions of various cultures, including but not restricted to Islamic cultures, to maths and science. And, I can also understand how NASA's mission is not just pure and practical science but also to inspire children to a greater interest in science and math and innovation to carry on this tradition into the future.

      But how does any of that translate into the Administrator of NASA being tasked to prioritize inspiring people in other countries to excel in maths and science? Especially when NASA is having to cancel or cut back on many of its core mission projects?

      And, if you are going to hire somebody to play diplomat in that role, do you really think a good choice is somebody who chooses to make these kind of ill-advised remarks in an interview just weeks after becoming embroiled in a fiscal scandal involving him cutting a program that would have a negative impact on his personal investments in the oil industry?

      July 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kim

      IVAN!!

      no, not all terrorists are muslims. WE are terrorists to the countries we invade, timothy mcveigh WAS a terrorist, abortion doctor killers are terrorists, the phelps cabal are terrorists, the bush-cheney administration were/are terrorists to their OWN citizens, the SAUDIS who crashed into out buildings during bush's watch were terrorists, etc etc etc.

      a terrorist is someone who uses terror and fear to intimidate or coerce others. there is NOTHING in the definition about islam, muslim, brown skin, etc... and YOU are why obama has to EDUCATE people on what it means to be muslim--PATHETIC!!!! there really is no excuse for us to be so du mb anymore, PLEASE LEARN before you spout off, you're embarassing our country!!!

      July 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      A note about History regarding contributions to civilization:
      The Sumerians and Assyrians, original builders of civilization in Mesopotamia, were not muslim. The Sumerians, were not even Semitic. Arabs, later on, borrowed numerals and maths from India; from Vedic and Indus Valley people. They were transmitters of math and sciences from India, not original thinkers. Astronomy was practiced by the Babylonians and Vedic Indians, and brought to the West but not "advanced" by Muslims or Arabs.
      Muslim contributions to philosophy and literature occured in Anatolia and Spain in the Middle Ages. Cultural contributions after that involved expanding the slave trade from Africa (where Arabians had bought and sold people for centuries) into Europe and the Americas, with the aid of the buyers of course. Their "Golden Age" ended a long time ago.

      July 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      Sorry, I forgot to mention Persian art and literature–
      Rumi is truly timeless and laudable; Persian painting during it's height was 'borrowed' from India, however.

      July 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kay

    The muslims are a cautionary tale about what happens when a progressive society becomes under the control of fanatics. Religious extremetists, fundamentalists.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. JPT

    A big fan of Arabic numerals here, except when doing hexadecimal math.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • DaHound

      go google Arabic numerals and you'll see that they were invented by Hindus!

      Anyone want to give me a name of any Nobel prize in math or physics winner from a Muslim country?

      July 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Quoting Rush limbaugh just makes you look stupid.

      July 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Liz

    People are outraged - you speak of conservatives, because they seem to be the only ones who know about this yet, but if it were more widely publicizes everyone would be outraged - because the mission of NASA has to do with SPACE, not self-esteem for Muslims. We should be concerned about our science and technology. NASA has no business doing outreach with any country..

    July 6, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Of course it is about the Muslims. If we don't let the Arabs into space how else would we know if there is oil out there?

      July 6, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    You've got to be kidding!!! What the eff is going on here? One of Obama's main goals with appointing this guy to run NASA is to have him "reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."

    The Muslim world has contributed virtually NOTHING to the modern day techniques and technologies, not to mention the funding, that it has taken to know the universe as we know it today. Does Obama really think that lying to the world by cheering non-existent Muslim contributions to space exploration is going to change anything? What a joke!!!!!

    Sorry Obama, if you want to bend over and take it from the Muslim world fine, but don't expect the rest of us to line up beside you and take one for the team as well.

    If space exploration were six-and-under pee-wee t-ball, the Muslim world wouldn't even get a participation ribbon.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ivan Maldonado

      Ken....Hooah

      July 6, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenin

      Right on Ken!!!! "We the people" need to finally take a stand! This crap is getting worse as the days go by. CNN tries to bury this stuff – and Fox blasts it from the rooftops. I don't care if you are Republican or Democrat – everyone know this (and most of what Obama's administration is doing is WRONG! I go to both sites for my news – and it's sad how our news sources are so freakin' slanted based on politics. Just report the damn truth!!!!!! Real AMERICANS need to make a HUGE noise this fall!!!!! TEA PARTY NE 1?!

      July 6, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mamoud

      Like it or not but the muslim community is striving in the US, so wake up, we're here to stay and prosper, if you don't like it leave!

      July 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • abe lincoln

      Ken...my good man. You make a former President proud.

      July 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    If these people were interested in ANYTHING to do with science and math, they'd not keep millions in constant povert & illiteracy. Saying they had a HISTORY in those pursuits is akin to saying the Phoenicians should build cruise ships.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. David

    If we had scientific proof of God's existence, we would talk about the "science of God" rather than "faith in God".
    If we had scientific proof of God's existence, the study of God would be a scientific endeavor rather than a theological one.
    If we had scientific proof of God's existence, all religious people would be aligning on the God that had been scientifically proven to exist.
    Etc.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanD

      Relevance to article: None.

      July 6, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • rapaline

      It might be faith in God, but do you realize that just to get the right molecules in a row and zap them with something to create the first string of DNA for a simple cell, the odds are 1 in 10 to the 156th power. To get another DNA chain takes another 1 in 10 to the 156th power. So we have astronomical odds that this actually took place. Now look around your world. How many variations on DNA are there out there?
      So if there is no intelligent design out there, how do you explain the world as it is today? I dare say that the amount of faith that you have is absolutely amazing compared to my faith in God.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • rivirivi

      If would have scientific proof that a limitless God does not exist, then why would you worry about his existence, humans must though choose among choices to destroy or to build? to hate or to love? etc,

      July 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sagebrush

    President Obama was determined to cut NASA's budget until he realized that it could be used as a poltical tool . Now he can appease the " dominantly Muslim nations " as usual. Using NASA as tool for his own personal agenda is a disgrace. Even granting an interview to Al – Jazeera is a sign of this Administrations obsession with Islam.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanD

      Well said. They're giving interviews to a propaganda weapon of terrorists... Lovely...

      July 6, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. David Stone

    I think this is great. Muslims could do experiments in space to see what effect zero gravity has on beheadings and dismemberment, as well as how well a burka stays in place.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      you're hilarious.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • abe lincoln

      That's hilarious! I can see it now....weightless Koran's and prayer rug anchors....question: While in space, will the muslims still have to face East during prayer times or will they just gaze out the porthole into outerdarkness and pretend it's East???

      July 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. spacesupporter

    Welcome to the Nation's space exploration program under Obama.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • abe lincoln

      The only space we need to explore is that dark, nether region between Obama's ears!

      July 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. akshay

    i am a 3rd generation american... and yes i do have east indian roots... also.. why are we talking about muslim history.. sure they invented a bunch of things.. but they also killed millions doing it.. so what if they contributed to medicine and other things??? how does that even relate to 'bridging the gap with nasa'... gimme a break!!

    if i invent something new tomorrow... then i want my name emblazoned on the ISS... you know.. because i want to be appeased at!!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dilshad

      Akshay,

      You claim to be a 3rd-generation American, but you don't talk like one. This country was not formed on hatred, countless number of sacrifices and hard work lead to the formation of this great nation. This nation gave opportunities to people from different lands to think and develop themselves. Thats what this article is trying to say.

      Cheers!

      July 6, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • akshay

      i don't talk like one?? whats that all about?? i was born and raised in kansas city, did two tours in iraq and now work as an engineer for General Electric.. if that doesnt seem like i am as american as it gets.. then you sir are out of touch with reality... please go back to your dirka dirkastan...

      July 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • akshay

      oh also.. dislhad.. if you read your history.. you will see that the history of mathematics and trignometry and even the invention of the number '0' is actually traced back to india and the early hindu eras which the muslims just furthered and advanced..

      July 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • abe lincoln

      Hey....if the only criteria to having the head of NASA make you feel good about yourself is an invention...heck, why not build that bridge of reconciliation to Dr Kevorkian (said with much sarcasim)....he did, after all invent the "exit life machine".

      July 6, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dilshad

    Some of the comments here said "what did Muslims contribute to this World". So let me summarize them:

    1. Invention of algebra..... MATHS
    2. Invention of Navigation systems, without it USA wouldn't have been found by Columbus.
    3. Embryology and much more in science.
    4. Cosmology, and much more in Astronomy

    etc..... actually the contribution of Muslims to Science is enormous and countless.

    Peace!!!! and have FUNN

    July 6, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • ding

      so what!!!! every culture/religion has a history of inventing something!!!! the nazi's gave us first hand medical research ( i.e. effects of hypothermia, effects of limb loss..) their research has lead to some of modern medical practices... does that mean we paint the swastika on the next shuttle mission??

      July 6, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Dilshad

      Ding,

      I completely agree with you, we shouldn't paint Swastika or Crescent or Cross on Shuttle Missions.

      I was writing to the comments "what did Muslims contribute to this World?".

      The article was written, saying that people from Muslims countries will be encouraged to think and educate in a different direction – the direction of science and education. Doesn't we want these people to be more educated? so that they don'd get brain washed and radicalize themselves?

      July 6, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • sagebrush

      You are correct up to a point. But their contributions ceased when the radical fundamentalists gained power. Now they contribute nothing of scientific value due to the desire of their so -called leaders to have them remain ignorant and uneducated.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Dilshad

      @ Sagebrush: I do not agree with you that "Muslims contribution has ceased". You are only counting Iraqi's, Afghani's, Irani's, etc as Muslims.

      There are more than a Billion Muslims, and they are not just contributing to Science and Technology,but to Humanity as well.

      The most recent development, the best of them all was.... "Grameen Bank" system by Mohammed from Bangladesh. This banking system is helping the poor to grow/develop and educate themselves. This system should be implemented in all nations.

      There are many more, just read them ONLINE..... You will find them once you get rid of your Hatred and Negative Stereotyping towards Muslims.....

      Cheers!!!!!!!!!

      July 6, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam Smith

      Too bad Muslims are dead last in terms of human rights and education presently. I don't care what they did 700 years ago- they cause nothing but trouble today. Period- to say otherwise would be a lie.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Dilshad

      @ Adam Smith: Isn't what you are doing called "State of Denial"

      July 6, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      So why are the majority of these muslim countries living in the dark ages? Why are their people illeterate and poor? why do they onlyehind the rest of the world? need death and destruction? Why aeare they still flying planes from 1950? Why are they so b

      July 6, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • DaveC

      I worked with NASA for a number of years. Muslims still contribute and I have no issue with them. It's the terrorists I have a problem with, Muslim or otherwise. That said, NASA never was meant to be a propaganda arm of the government.

      July 6, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott Anderson II

      TWO BADD THEY DIDNT INVENT SPELLCHECK

      July 6, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ikey

      Please folks, let's review the history books and remember the difference between Arab culture (Numerals, astronomy etc) and Muslim culture *Burka, beheadings, hatred etc)

      July 6, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Dinesh

      Islamic contribution to science:
      "4. Cosmology, and much more in Astronomy"

      Anyone who follows a lunar calender and where the start/end of the month is decided based on the visibility of the moon has no business claiming knowledge of Astronomy. Arabs had somehow figured out how to compensate for the loss of days in the year because of lunar months but Mr Mohamad decided that Allah doesn't like that and everyone must follow the moon and moon only.

      The Islamic obsession with moon might have to do with pre Islamic root of Allah who was a moon God.

      July 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
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