Outer space got a little more kosher in 2008, courtesy of Dr. Garret Reisman, the first Jewish astronaut to have lived in the International Space Station.
“The mission went pretty well, I did not break anything that was too expensive,” he says. When he got to the space station, via the space shuttle Endeavor, he was quick to put up a mezuzzah in the bunk where he slept. “I did not consult any rabbi, so I hope I did not get into any trouble,” he says. Full story.
The hilarious and cute Dr. Reisman (check out his interview with Stephen Colbert) was in Israel last week for the Ilan Ramon International Space Conference; it’s heartening to know Israel still wants its hat in global space endeavors after losing the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Roman, after the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas in 2003, killing all seven crewmembers.
But let’s just hope they don’t let Mel Brooks on the strategic planning committee:
(Hint: The Jews get to space around :50.)
Tip o’ the yarmulke to FailedMessiah.com.