Saturday, September 27, 2008

Chinese space walk

BEIJING - A Chinese astronaut on Saturday performed the nation's first-ever spacewalk, the latest milestone in an ambitious program that is increasingly rivaling the United States and Russia in its rapid expansion.

Mission commander Zhai Zhigang floated out of the orbiter module's hatch in the spacewalk, shown live on state broadcaster CCTV. Tethered to handles attached to the Shenzhou 7 ship's orbital module's exterior, Zhai remained outside for about 13 minutes before climbing back inside and closing the hatch behind him.
"Shenzhou 7 has left the module, physically feel very good. Greetings to all the people of the nation and all the people of the world," Zhai said.
Fellow astronaut Liu Boming also emerged briefly from the capsule to hand Zhai a Chinese flag that he waved for an exterior camera filming the event. The third crew member, Jing Haipeng, monitored the ship from inside the re-entry module
The successful spacewalk paves the way for assembling a space station from two Shenzhou orbital modules, the next major goal of China's manned spaceflight program. China is also pursuing lunar exploration and may attempt to land a man on the moon in the next decade.
China launched its first manned mission, Shenzhou 5, in 2003, followed by a two-man mission in 2005.
Since blasting off from their northwestern China launch base on Friday, the astronauts had been largely occupied with preparing the suits and adapting to zero gravity. Meals aboard the craft have followed a typical Chinese menu, featuring versions of kung pao chicken, shrimp and dried fruit, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080927/ap_on_re_as/as_china_space

Friday, September 26, 2008

News From Mars

A NASA probe has spotted hundreds of small surface fractures near Mars' equator that may have acted as underground natural plumbing to channel groundwater billions of years ago.

Geologists compare the fractures in the sandstone rock deposits on Mars to features called deformation bands on Earth, which can arise from the influence of groundwater in the underground bedrock. The bands and faults have strong influences on groundwater movement on Earth, and seem to have played the same role on Mars. Other research has examined how surface water from rain or snow shaped the planet surface, but many agree that groundwater has an equally important influence.
"Groundwater often flows along fractures such as these, and knowing that these are deformation bands helps us understand how the underground plumbing may have worked within these layered deposits," said Chris Okubo, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Ariz. who headed up a new study of the Martian fractures.
The observations, made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), showed how water has already changed the color and texture of the Martian sandstone along the fractures. Okubo's report on the finding is detailed online this month in the journal Geological Society of America Bulletin.
"This study provides a picture of not just surface water erosion, but true groundwater effects widely distributed over the planet," said Suzanne Smrekar, deputy project scientist for MRO at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., who was not part of the study. "Groundwater movement has important implications for how the temperature and chemistry of the crust have changed over time, which in turn affects the potential for habitats for past life."
Okubo and his study coauthors looked to similar patterns in Utah sandstones on Earth, where fractures are typically a few yards wide and up to several miles long. Such cracks reveal themselves as the rock layers on top erode away.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20080926/sc_space/signsofundergroundplumbingseenonmars

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dawah Ship




Here we see the C.S.S. Dawah in orbit of New Kalimantan picking up the famed scholar Hasan Jahangir.


The starship C.S.S. Dawah is owned and operated by the Dawah Jumaat. The C.S.S. Dawah visits isolated asteroid mining communities in the New Malaysia, New Kalimantan, Turkmen Prime and New Kurdistan star systems; where it conducts halaqahs and khutbahs as well as making available its vast library. Often highly regarded Islamic Scholars are recruited to do tours with the C.S.S. Dawah. Most of the asteroid mining communities are very happy for a visit from the C.S.S. Dawah if only to see new faces.

The ship has a crew of 40, this includes those who run the ship and the Muslim scholars and translators on the ship. The ship has a prayer hall able to hold over 700 persons as well as several smaller meeting rooms for counseling and small halaqahs.

The Dawah Jumaat is currently raising funds to build a second ship which would be dedicated to visiting worlds outside of the confedration.

Friday, September 19, 2008

two legged Craner





The Two legged craner is very elusive and has only been sighted twice by professional xeno-biologists. Living deep in the forests of New Daura, It gets up to 20 kilograms and eats a diet of insects and fungi which they find on the forest floor. It has a poisonous stinger in its tail which it uses only in defense not for hunting. They bear live young in litters of 2 or 3. Fro the skeletal remains we have of them they appear to have evolved from four legged animals.

The video we have here was shot by a farmer in The Hague delta the two legged craner is believed to have been driven from its home by a recent hurricane.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Sahih al-Bukhari

Your pleas shall be answered, but wait patiently for the Lord to respond. Do not lose hope and begin to complain, "I beseeched the Lord, but He never responded."

-The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Sahih al-Bukhari

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani Fayuz E Yazdani

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Fayuz E Yazdani"
Have faith in God the Omnipotent,
the Eternal, the First and the Last,
who grants life and determines death.
He bestows bounty,
and only He can restore crushed hopes.
Have faith, do not lose hope, wait patiently.
He indeed will create a way
to deliver you from your hardships.

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani Fayuz E Yazdani

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Power on

Yes the power is back on, no more ice chests, no more generators, no more going to other peoples homes to wash clothes and simply be cool. it is nice to rejoin the 21st century

even more aftermath of gustav

Still no power at the house but it looks like we might get it tommorow as the other half of the neighborhood is lit up. Went out to eat and watched on the resturants big screen TV news coverage of Hurricane Ike. Looks like it is going to be very bad for Houstan And galveston. Find it very strange that thier mayor told them all to stay in Houstan.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Aftermath of Hurricane Gustav part two

Aaah the entergy trucks have arrived in our neighborhood and we actually had some of them working in our back yard, yet still no power coming to the house. we make dua that soon there will be some. With the Curfew lifted we shall be able to now go to the Masjid for Iftar. the kids are all looking forward to that. of course Hurricane Ike is getting ready to make land fall and has already started to bring us rain and wind but so far nothing like Hurricane Gustav.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Aftermath of Hurricane Gustav

Well the curfew in Baton Rouge has finanly been lifted, and we are all very happy about this. Entergy has informed us that the power will be back on by the 17th, which is also great news. The whole neighborhood echos with the sound of generators. also got the trees that were down in the yard cut up and put to the curb.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Ibn Sina Kitab al-Najat

Ibn Sina, Kitab al-Najat

Prayer is that which enables the soul to realize its divinity. Through prayer human beings worship absolute truth, and seek an eternal reward. Prayer is the foundation-stone of religion; and religion is the means by which the soul is purified of all that pollutes it. Prayer is the worship of the first cause of all things, the supreme ruler of all the world, the source of all strength. Prayer is the adoration of the one whose being is necessary.

Ibn Sina Kitab al-Najat

Friday, September 05, 2008

Surah al-Baqarah 2:185

Surah al-Baqarah 2:185

The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion; so whoever amongst you witnesses this month, let him fast it.

Surah al-Baqarah 2:185

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Koran Quran Qoran Qu'ran Sura 51:19

Sura 51:19

True charity remembers not only those in need who ask, but also those who are prevented by some reason from asking.

Sura 51:19

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Gustav

Gustav has passed by he was a large and rowdy uninvited guest to baton rouge but yes he has now left. we have no electricity, and trees are down every where but none hit the house so we are celebrating. this Ramadan has really gotten off with a bang.