Angkasawan Negara succesfully blasted off into space

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Angkasawan Negara, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie, was successfully blasted off into space in a Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at exactly 9.21pm, Malaysian time. Within 9 minutes, the spacecraft reached the targeted elevation. It will be 48 hours before the Soyuz capsule dock with the International Space Station (ISS).

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Dr. Sheikh, an orthopedic surgeon by profession, will have specific missions on his own. He will be carrying out medical and bio-technology tests and research on behalf of various Malaysian scientists, whilst at ISS. One experiment he will be conducting is on behalf of eminent Malaysian geneticists, Oxford trained Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Saifulaman Mohd. Said, Director of Bio-technology Institute, UiTM Shah Alam.

NST Online » Frontpage

2007/10/11

Experiments for three space agencies

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s first astronaut will be kept busy doing work for three space agencies during his 10-day sojourn in space.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor will carry out experiments for space agencies in Malaysia, Europe and Japan.

National Space Agency director-general Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman said here yesterday Dr Muszaphar would be on a very tight schedule.

“We are so happy to finally have the nation’s dream come true. The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry had been working on the project since 2002.”

She said Dr Muszaphar would conduct experiments on tropical disease microbes for Malaysia, eyesight and muscles research for Europe Space Agency. For the Japanese Space Agency, he will carry out tests on the effects of radiation in space.
“The space project is not a one-off thing. We have solid long term planning for the space programme.”

Dr Mazlan said local scientists would continue to work with their counterparts in Europe and Japan as they had agreed to work collectively on several space-related research project.

“From here, one day we might want to spend money to send our men to space,” she said, adding that it would cost about US$30 million (RM105 million) to send one person.

Millions of Malaysians were glued on national TV and Astro, which carried the historical event live, from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Prime Minister and 1,000 guests including University students assembled at KLCC Convention Centre and exchanged speeches and pleasantries with the Kazakhtani President and MOSTI Minister in Kazakhstan.

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Former Prime Minister, Tun Dr, Mahathir Mohamad, whose visionary initiated this project, saw this historial event on TV from his room at IJN, still recuperating after his landmark second multiple coronary by-pass 4 Sept.

Dr. Sheikh will be the first Muslim astronaut to be in space during Islam holiest month, Ramadhan. BBC.com has the story on how he will carry out his rituals and will hold the first traditional Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebratory meal in space.

May Allah bless you and you definitely made us very proud!

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  1. Salam big:
    Selamat ‘Eidulfitri buat Mr Big sekeluarga.
    Jaga kesihatan sama ya bro.

    Salam Aidil Fitri also to Tokasid & Co.

    Thanks 🙂

  2. big bro,

    going off too, disconnecting myself frm the net for at least a week. salam aidilfitri to you and wife, and aishah. been a real pleasure knowing you bro.

    Salam Aidil Fitri to you too. Don’t eat too much, y’hear? 🙂

  3. Woff.. Wofff
    Selamat hari raya Idilfitri to you and family.
    Maaf Zahir batin.

  4. […] Sheikh Muszaphar was first featured in this blog on 18 September 2007. He was featured again here, here and here. Eminent cardiothoracic surgeon Dato’ Mr. Azahari, was featured here and here, in […]

  5. […] berjaya dicapai. Paling terkemuka kejayaan bersejarah ditempa ialah apabila anak Malaysia pertama, Angkasawan Negara Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor berjaya dilancarkan keangkasa lepas dalam missi ISS XVI dengan kapal angkasa Sotuz TMA-11 pada 10 Oktober […]


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