Malaysian Spaceman, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Syukor Al-Masrie was lauched to space at 9.21 p.m. (Malaysian Time) on 10th October 2207 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on board the Soyuz TMA-11 rocket. This marks a significant milestone in Malaysia’s history where for the first time ever, a Malaysian was successfully able to go to outer space and this is indeed a catalyst for future space exploration projects.
30sen – Roket Soyuz – TMA II
50sen – International Space Station
50sen – Eksperimen Sains Mikro Graviti
RM1 – Pelepasan
RM1 – Pelepasan
National Space Agency (ANGKASA), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations has been given the responsibility of commissioning the process of selecting the national astronaut (Angkasawan Negara). The process reached its peak when two out of the four final candidates was chosen and announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia before they go through the Astronaut Training Program for 18 months in Russia.
The Malaysian people and the country has benefited from this program mainly in the fields of science and technology. This include Space Medicine, Aviation Medicine, Life Science, Environmental Science and Physics where scientists are able to involve themselves to create and design experiments that could be carried out in a unique enviroment. These researchers will benefit selected industries such as in the medical and Aerospace Industries while working towards achieving a scientific society.
This is a pioneer program for this country to cater the next generation into exploring new technologies that is capable of bringing into existence another advantage for Malaysia to compete in the global arena. Rocket brought first Malaysian Spaceman to the International Space Station on 10th October 2007.