249. Abdul Ahad Momand (First Afghan Man in Space)

Abdul Ahad Momand  is a former Afghan Air Force aviator who became the first Afghan and 4th Muslim in space when he spent nine days aboard the Mir space station in 1988 as a Intercosmos Research Cosmonaut.He was the fourth Muslim to reach space, after Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Muhammed Faris, and Musa Manarov.He was also the first Muslim who took the Holy Qur’an to the space.

http://www.afghanland.com/history/spaceafghan.html

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/da1b5220-5a6f-11e0-8367-00144feab49a.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Ahad_Mohmand

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