We are all proud of our first ever astronault, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor when he will be launch to the space this evening around 9.10pm for a 10 days mission on space. The launcing will be witness by the Prime minister of Malaysia, Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and with few hundreds of Science students in putrajaya later this coming evening.
Beside the glorious moment for the first Malaysian ever to be in space named on Malaysian history, there’s some controversial issues rise here and there if you’ve notice or not, amongs the pround Malaysian there are few of those that not really agree on the Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor going to space.. He is claim by other critics + bloggers to just wasting all the Malaysian citizen tax money for around USD26M payin his trip to space for having a cup of teh tarik and roti canai.. LOL!!
According to NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Association) official webpage, reported that 16 members of astronault, cosmonault, engginers and SPACE FLIGHT PARTICIPANT will launch the expidition from, Baikaonur Cosmodrome tonight. Now, if you’ve noticed that the issue gettin much interesting when NASA wrote on Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor’s profile as a SPACE FLIGHT PARTICIPANT and not as Astronault as what all the of us Malaysian claim as he is Angkasawan..
It clearly stated that Angkasawan in Malay means Astronault in English.
The space programme was first officially announced by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun. Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as a joint programme with the Russian Federation about few years ago. Eventhough the entire Malaysian space program which has been criticized since then but the programme still continues and tonight the history will be stated as it is! The programme was actually list down four participants Siva Vanajah, Mohammed Faiz Kamaluddin and Dr Faiz Khaleed and later finally comes to two where a 35 year old Ortopedic doctor from Seremban, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor was selected.
Well.. for me as a malaysian, for sure I’m myself proud of being Malaysian and proud for him to become the first ever Malaysian in space, and let our children continue his quest, that’s all what matters actually.
What about yourself?