MORE Pics – SOYUZ Docked-Malaysian Tourist Arrived ISS; Bad Omen - Mother hysterical at Lift Off; Muszaphar No confidence - Left 3 Farewell letters
Soyuz craft docks with space station Oct 13, 07 3:35am and the lead story on Hari Raya wishes
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri from Malaysiakini Oct 13, 07 3:17am
with Malaysia-tv on Race, religion still divide nation: PM
He is feeling very well now. If our DPM Najib is to greet the 1st Astronaut on his return, Malaysians of all faiths must pray hard as he has no confidence of returning. He seemed to have a premonition when it was reported he handed 3 farewell letters (see report below) to his parents seeking for “forgiveness” should anything untoward happened. It looks like he had no confidence in the mission despite 1 year of training. The Russians should have scuttled the launch if they heard about such a bad omen.
And the backup dentist has been confirmed as the 2nd Astronaut and who will be the third? And what will this dentist wants to prove in space? Is he going to extract one of his teeth and tell the world that “there is no bleeding at all as in the weightlessness state without gravity, the blood will not flow out?”
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New crew and a tourist arrive at space station
ABOVE: The crew of Six in the ISS now including the "tourist"
(Front row, left to right) Spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor of Malaysia, Yuri Malenchenk and Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson along with (back row, left to right) Expedition 15 crew member Oleg Kotov, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Clayton Anderson. = == = == = == = = == = == = = =
I'm feeling very well: Shukor
'I'm feeling very well,' Dr Shukor said in a televised briefing with officials and guests gathered at the Russian Mission Control Centre outside
'This is your father. How are you doing?' Dr Shukor's dad asked. 'Very well,' Dr Shukor replied. 'I love you very much.' Dr Shukor's flight is part of a commercial deal
The station, a US$100 billion (S$147 billion) project of 16 nations, is a little more than 60 per cent complete, with some of the most complex work still to come. Laboratory modules owned by the European and Japanese space agencies are scheduled to be installed in December and in 2008 respectively, as well as a Canadian-built robotic hand for the station's robot arm. In addition, a European cargo ship called Jules Verne, a French author who pioneered the science fiction genre, is scheduled for a debut flight in February.
Three of the next visiting
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Soyuz Spacecraft Docks With ISS; From Abdul Rahman Ahmad
MOSCOW, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- After two days of orbiting the earth, the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft carrying Malaysia's first astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha docked with the International Space Station (ISS) some 350km above earth at 6.50pm (10.50pm Malaysian time). The Mission Control Centre here erupted into applause as the spacecraft docked with the ISS.
Watching the historic moment were Malaysian Science, Technolony and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, officials of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, and Head of Manned Space Flights of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Peter Mayor. Also present were Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's parents, Datuk Dr Sheikh Mustapha Sheikh Shukor and Datin Zuraidah Sheikh Ahmad. "Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), I am happy now that I know my son is safe in space," said Dr Sheikh Mustapha after he witnessed the docking. Zuraidah could not control herself and gave a loud laugh after seeing the successful docking. "Now I am satisfied that he has reached his destination," she said.The hatch was opened at ( Oct 13 in
The trio were greeted and welcomed on board the ISS by the three crew of the previous mission, Expedition 15, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov and mission specialist Clay Anderson. The three astronauts of the latest mission, Expedition 16, then engaged in brief teleconferencing with the mission control centre. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor also spoke. He spoke first in Russian to say that he felt good. Then he spoke to Jamaludin, expressing his greetings to all Malaysians and said that he was having "a good time" with his astronaut colleagues.
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor also spoke briefly with his father, saying he sent his regards and love to the family and wished "Selamat Hari Raya". He said he hoped to share his experience with all of them upon his return to earth. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor is scheduled to conduct several scientific experiments on board the ISS and will return to earth on Oct 21 with Commander Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Kotov. Whitson, who will take over as ISS commander, and Malenchenko will remain on the ISS for the next six months.
Jamaludin told a news conference that "
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Najib To Greet Malaysian Astronaut On His Return From Space
From Abdul Rahman Ahmad
Najib Tun Razak will be here on Oct 21 to welcome back to earth Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha, the first Malaysian to go into space.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said here today Najib, who will represent
Jamaludin said it would take between six and eight hours for the two recovery helicopters to locate the spacecraft and bring the crew to the nearest airport for their flight to
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Leaves Three Letters For Parents
From Abdul Rahman Ahmad
BAIKONUR, (KAZAKHSTAN), Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha who made his maiden space journey tonight left three letters behind for his parents in case anything untoward were to happen uring his 10-day mission. His mother Datin Zuraidah Sheikh Ahmad said the letters were handed to her while they were on the bus ferrying Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the launch site. "They were about his love for his family and seeking forgiveness should he not be able to get a chance to voice it again," she said tears streaming down her cheeks. She said that he also asked them to pray for his safe return. recalling the launch moments, Zuraidah said she cried hysterically as she could not bear to see her son leave. The amount of flames that came out during the launch gave me such a fright," she said, adding that only when the rocket smoothly went on its ay did she calm down. Datuk Sheikh Mustafa Sheikh Shukor said he did feel a little fear during the launch moments but he had prepared himself for it and believed verything would go fine. He was very glad his son got to realise his dream and planned to further his career in the field. eanwhile, Maznah Mohamed, the mother of Kapt Dr Faiz Khaleed, alaysia's reserve candidate for the mission, said she was happy for Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and prayed for his safe return. On her son's wish to continue to be involved space missions, Maznah said it was up to him and that as a mother, he would always get her blessings. Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency Tuesday said Dr Faiz could be considered for a mission next year or 2009.
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Astronaut's Business Partner Proud
ABOVE: Celebrity chef Ismail Ahmad, the business partner of Malaysia's first astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, together with his staff and patrons of the Rebung Restaurant in Bangsar proudly watch the blast-off of the Soyuz spacecraft's launch from
business partner during breaking-of-the-fast. It was obvious through his demeanour how proud he was of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's place in history as the first Malaysian in space. Ismail said he never doubted that Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor would be the one selected as the country's first representative to venture into "the great unknown". "You're the one doc, you're the one," he kept saying over and over again when asked what he felt about Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's selection as the country's first astronaut. Ismail was not alone in his belief that the good doctor would be chosen as
as a business partner has given Rebung a chance to expand as Dr Sheikh
Muszaphar has recently agreed and signed on to franchise the business.
"A secondary but more beneficial side-effect to the country is Sheikh's positive influence on the children of the restaurant's patrons as they are now keen on becoming astronauts and learning more about science, technology and space," Ismail said. "Parents would come up to me when I'm out in shopping malls and ask if they could buy the T-shirt (Sheikh Muszaphar's promotional T-shirt) that
I'm wearing," beamed the proud chef. A mixture of electrically charged emotions intensified the atmosphere at Rebung Restaurant during the blast-off of the Soyuz spacecraft carrying
also praying to Allah for his safety and I hope that nothing will happen to the rocket," she said. The restaurant was packed with patrons who were there not only for their "buka puasa" (breaking of fast) fare but also in anticipation of
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Dr Faiz To Be
SECOND IN LINE? Backup Angkasawan Dentist Capt. Dr Faiz Khaleed, 27, after the announcement of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor as
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Dentist Capt Dr Faiz Khaleed, 27, is to be Malaysia's second astronaut should there be any offer from Russia for a Malaysian to join any of its future Soyuz missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Dr Faiz was considered qualified and
This is a new experience for us and it is obvious that young people were very inspired by what they have seen. "Interest in space technology and space research, and this is what I believe will happen after this event," he said. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he regarded the selection of a Malaysian astronaut for the launch as a milestone in the country's history because it reflected the mental and psychological capacity of the candidate, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.He said the historic event would kindle the spirit of the younger generation to realise that anything can be achieved with effort. "We stand a few inches taller as Malaysians tonight," he said. Works Minister and MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu extended congratulations to Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor on becoming the first Malaysian to go into space. He said he hoped that the "angkasawan" would have a successful mission in space. The selection of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor brings pride to all Malaysians, he said in a statement here. "He has brought honour to
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Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Is An Astronaut, Says Former NASA Spaceman
Administration (NASA) astronaut Robert L. Gibson said today that
"Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor is eminently qualified to be an astronaut," he told reporters when met at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) here where the launch of the Soyuz rocket carrying Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and two other crew - Peggy Whitson of the United States (who is also the mission commander) and Russian flight engineer Yury Malenchenko - was beamed live tonight. Gibson, who has been to space five times between 1984 and 1995, was here with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and all Malaysians.
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Successful Space Launch Promotes Malaysia-Kazakhstan Ties
THE HISTORICAL SOYUZ TMA-11? The spacecraft is set to pave the way for stronger ties between