Bulletin Utama TV 3 just announced orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor as the FIRST Malaysian astronaut. It was announced by the International Space Station at Fox News although the Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi have yet to do it officially till this coming Thursday.
Captain Dr. Faiz Khalid (pictured here on the right), an army dentist, has been selected as the back up astronaut during this landmark mission for Malaysia. The launch is planned three days before Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (10 October 2007). We should be expecting Takbir Raya from Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar at a 200 km elevation.
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Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar, 34 (pictured here on the left) is an alumnus from my former old school in Muo, Johor. Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir and his ANSARA Exco will be pleased to learn that the first Malaysian astronaut is an ex-MRSM bloke! So will the people at Bahagian Pelajaran MARA and his peers from medical school.