Skip to comments.US: NASA rocket to bear name of Egyptian woman killed in anti-govt protests
Posted on 02/11/2011 2:32:57 AM PST by HushTX
Cairo, 10 Feb. (AKI) - The United States space agency NASA has okayed the naming of one of its spaceships after a young Egyptian woman killed in late January during an anti-goverment protest, according to Egyptian daily Al-Masry-al-Youm.
The paper quoted Essam Mohamed Haji, a young researcher at NASA as saying on Thursday he had received approval to put the young woman Sally Zahran's name on a spaceship heading for Mars.
Zahran, a 23 English graduated and translator died after she was beaten about the head on 28 January with a truncheons during clashes with security forces in in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Sohag. Anti-government protesters claim her killers were thugs in the pay of police.
This is the least we could provide to Egyptian youth and revolutionaries. This step represents transferring the dreams of Egyptian youth from a small stretch of earth to the enormous expanse of space, said Haji was cited as telling Al-Masri Al-Youm by phone from California.
Egypt on Thursday entered it 17th day of unrest, with many thousands of people taking to the streets in the capital, Cairo and filling its central Tahrir Square.
Doctors, bus drivers, lawyers and textile workers were on strike in Cairo on Thursday, with trade unions reporting walkouts and protests across the country.
The protesters have vowed to keep up their revolt against authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak, who they want to leave office immediately.
Around 300 people have been killed in clashes with security forces and over 1,400 have been injured since the unrest began on 25 January against Mubarak, who took power in 1981 and whom they blame for widespread poverty, corruption and police brutality.
Mubarak, a staunch ally of the west, has said he will not run for another presidential term in elections due in September, but the anti-government protesters want more rapid political and economic change.
He has come under increasing pressure from the US to speed the transition to democracy. CIA director Leon Panetta, in testimony before an intelligence committee of the US legislature on Thursday said there was "a strong likelihood that Mubarak will step down this evening."
State television interrupted all programming to present a message from the high council of the Egyptian armed forces that promised to to take "necessary measures to protect the nation," the military also said it would "support the legitimate demands of the people" and remain in "continuous session".
I'm torn on the whole Egypt issue, but THIS is something I find unacceptable. Why are we naming our tax funded projects after anyone except Americans?
Obama's favorite sport.
On behalf of all our brothers and sisters around the sphere that crave, desire, love, respect, and fight for their Liberites: (thank you Google)
Young Iran Woman Shot In The Heart (Graphic Video)
“shocking video leaked from Iran, featuring the murder of a girl. The blogosphere is united, her death is the symbol of freedom activists.”
Ridiculous if true. What a joke we’ve become.
Hell..., just change the US flag to show 25 crescent moons and 25 stars....
Sure; how about any of the countless Americans killed by illegal aliens? Heck, is it too politically incorrect to name it after a serviceman/woman who died serving their country? I’m glad Americans no longer support funding NASA; a lot of money with little recent gain. As somebody put it, they had jumped the shark when the news story was who was on the shuttle rather than what it’s mission was.
I’m not sure if I buy it either, honestly. But it seemed like something worth posting for discussion.
Just the IDEA pisses me off, though.
... or wishful thinking on the part of 'Egyptian daily Al-Masry-al-Youm'.
NASA takes at least 6 months to plan on taking a dump. No way they could decide on a name in under 18 days ...
Thank you FRiend. :)
This is incredible. I'm sorry, after 9-11 I still beleive Islam declared war on us. There is no other enemey in the world (ex. maybe China?) that can and will want to destroy our very being.
This PC s___ has gone too far.
>> Just the IDEA pisses me off, though.
If that person represented more fight than your neighbor, would you still be pissin’?
Why don’t we name it after an American victim of crime?
I don’t understand what you’re getting at.
>> I dont understand what youre getting at.
Fair enough, FRiend. I had to scroll back to get a grasp on the point myself...
I jumped ahead of the subject and thought of the young lady that was killed in Iran.
I hoped to emphasize the disparity between those fighting for their lives opposed to those neighbors that don’t seem to give a shit.
I looked to see if this was from the Onion. Surely this cannot be true? Please tell me this is a big joke?
I just cannot believe this. I had to make sure it wasn't John Semmons posting it. John, is that you? Don't you know FR has prohibitions against secondary accounts? At least, I HOPE it is you.
I am just going to wait until I see this in another source before I believe it.
Can’t support (real) revolution in Iran against radical Muslims.
Can’t support (real) government in Egypt against radically-prone Muslim extremists.
Hmmmn..... What is the common feature here?
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