Wednesday, October 10, 2007

MORE PICS & Video - Hui Yi Double Heart Transplant Girl Road to Recovery; Alert & Well – Off the Ventilator; Message: Thank U for Everything

MORE PICS & Video - Hui Yi Double Heart Transplant Girl Road to Recovery; Alert & Well – Off the Ventilator; Message: Thank U for Everything & Everybody Concern & Well Wishes”

ABOVE: Malaysiakini reported her 1st Transplant but with not much follow up. Its breaking news is for D-Day tomorrow when

Deadline for PKR duo expires tomorrow Soon Li Tsin | Oct 10, 07 12:21pm but up till now

Whistleblowers out in the cold Beh Lih Yi | Oct 10, 07 6:28pm and

Malaysiakini-TV is on Malaysiakini Special: Dr Toh Kin Woon- 1st Part

ABOVE: The outspoken Dr Toh (Gerakan Penang Exco member & Gerakan Vice Chairperson)

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When the headlines screamed 'Have a heart, Give a heart!' to save a life just about everyone understood that the need was for a heart donor for teenager Tee Hui Yi, who has been surviving on a mechanical heart. Education Minister Hishamuddin Hussein was quoted as saying: "Sometimes, we look at every issue from the perspective of race and religion. But when it comes to life and death, when there is a child on the operating table, it doesn't matter whether it is a Muslim heart or not."

The same applied to blood; it doesn’t matter if it is Muslim or non-Muslim blood, blood is basically blood and is red. But prejudices prevailed in the donation of organs and there is still the debate over the definition of “brain-dead” and the exact line to draw.

October 09, 2007 19:50 PM

Heart Transplant Girl Hui Yi Off Respiratory Tube

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Heart girl Tee Hui Yi, recuperating from a double heart transplant, was taken off the respiratory tube today as she is able to breathe on her own. National Heart Institute Heart and Lung Transplant Unit Clinical Director Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib (ABOVE) said Tee was breathing well. "Tee was breathing very well throughout last night with minimal support of the ventilator. At about 9.30am today, our anaesthetists, Datuk Dr Mohamed Hassan Mohd Ariff and Dr Syarifah Suraya, decided to take her off the ventilator. "We did a trial period during which she was basically breathing on her own but there was still a tube in her nostril, this lasted for about half-an-hour. "When we were happy she was able to breathe on her own, we took out the tube at about 10am. Since then she has been breathing well.

ABOVE & BELOW: Tee was in the ICU after the 2nd Op

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ABOVE: With the mother at her side and BELOW: the attending nurses & doctors; she has the "semangat" spirit to live on

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ABOVE: With a Marker pen and some prompting she wrote the message BELOW: without much effort

and now there is an appeal/request from a 19-year old girl for Donation; anyone with a heart can respond

October 09, 2007 21:20 PM
Girl With Heart Problem Appeals For Donation

KULIM, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- "Every Raya I have never been happy unlike other people because I'm sick," said 19-year-old Siti Zauyah Mohamad. She said doctors at the National Heart Institute (IJN) had informed her that her lungs were in critical condition due to a hole in the heart problem she was diagnosed with when she was a child. She said she was becoming weak and required RM36,000 to undergo a surgery urgently.
"I am now dependent on medication from the IJN since a month ago," she said when met at a function hosted by Padang Serai member of Parliament Datuk Lim Bee Kau for patients with chronic illnesses. Siti Zauyah said she stopped going to school she was at Standard Six and had been working as a cosmetics salesgirl in Taman Petaling Jaya over the past two years. Her father, Mohamad Saad, 62, said: "My earning as a taxi driver and my daughter's salary are not much and we don't know what to do because we cannot afford to pay RM36,000."
He said Siti Zauyah's medical bills were RM2,500 monthly and she also
had to go to the IJN for monthly check-ups. Mohamad who has six other children, said he applied for assistance from the fund for patients with chronic illnesses through the Kulim Social Welfare Department last month and was still waiting for its reply. Meanwhile, Lim said Siti Zauyah's case would be referred to the Health
Ministry for further action. The public can contact the family at No. 127,
Kampung Keladi, 09000 Kulim, Kedah or by phone 012-4141421.

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Background to the TWO Transplants

October 06, 2007 17:33 PM
Tee Hui Yi Remains Stable, Moves Her Hand (after 2nd Transplant)

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 (Bernama) -- The girl with a mechanical heart, Tee Hui Yi, who had successfully undergone a second heart transplant operation at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here yesterday, is now able to react to doctors treating her. The IJN Heart and Lung Transplant Unit Clinical Director, Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib, said Tee, 14, who is now more stable, could move her hand and was trying to talk.
"The whole of last night, Tee was doing well with her new heart and there were not much problems. This morning, Tee had responded when we called her name. "She tried to talk but it was rather difficult as there was a tube in her mouth," he told reporters at the IJN, here Saturday. He said Tee also pointed to her chest when asked if she was feeling any pain.

Dr Mohamed Ezani said Tee was still being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was still using a respirator as she was still weak. However, he said the Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, a device that assists the functions of a problematic heart, had been removed this morning. He also said that a surgery was carried out this morning to clean her wounds to prevent infection. Dr Mohamed Ezani said that Consultant Cardiologist Datuk Dr David Chew Soon Ping had carried out ultrasound tests on Tee's heart and found that it was functioning well. On Tee's recovery, Dr Mohamed Ezani said if all the treatment went well and Tee continued to respond positively, the teenager could be moved to a normal ward within the next five days. "Usually we will do a biopsy by inserting a small tube through a vein in her neck to take a sample of her heart for analysis at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre to determine if there was any rejection.
On the 39-year-old patient who had undergone a lung transplant at the same time as Tee's first operation, he said the patient was also stable and doctors might take off the respirator from him soon.

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October 05, 2007 21:29 PM

Hui Yi Stable After Second Heart Transplant

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- "Mechanical heart" girl Tee Hui Yi is stable after undergoing a seven-hour second transplant at the National Heart Institute (IJN) today. Chief Cardiothoracic surgeon Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub said the second transplant was performed by the team headed by him and Heart and Lung Transplant Surgery Clinical director Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib. The same team performed the first transplant yesterday. "Hui Yi is stable, her heart condition and heart beat are satisfactory, but she is still in the intensive care unit," he told reporters.

Dr Mohd Azhari said they were not happy with Hui Yi's heart beat and her blood pressure was erratic after the first transplant. "We believe Hui Yi's body resistance rejected the first transplant. This rarely happens but it can happen as it happened to Hui Yi though the patient and donor blood was compatible," he said. He said the IJN has been trying since last year for a donor heart and was grateful to God for getting two heart donors in two straight days. Pressed for details about the second heart donor, Dr Mohd Azhari (ABOVE) said: "Please respect the family's privacy at this moment of grief. Please don't enquire the details of who they are."

An English daily reported today the second donor was a mechanic from Johor Baharu who was also killed in a road accident. The first donor was a 15-year-old Malay boy who was killed in a road accident in Ipoh on Wednesday. The 14-year-old Batu Pahat-born Hui Yi, kept alive by a "mechanical heart" since September last year, received a new lease of life after undergoing a heart transplant at IJN yesterday. The donor heart was brought to IJN from the Ipoh Hospital via an RMAF mercy flight.
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October 04, 2007
20:42 PM

Tee Remains Critical In ICU (after 1st Transplant)

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- "Mechanical heart" girl, Tee Hui Yi,remains in critical condition after undergoing a heart transplant at the National Heart Institute (IJN) today. The heart implant surgery was performed at 1.30am after the heart, from a Malay teenager who died in a road accident yesterday, was brought to IJN from the Ipoh Hospital via a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) mercy flight. The surgery ended the 14-year-old girl's waiting for a year for a donor heart after being put on the mechanical heart assist device since

September last year. The transplant team of six cardiothoracic surgeons, six anaesthetists, one physician from the Respiratory Research Institute and 30 paramedics was headed by chief cardiothoracic surgeon Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub and clinical director for heart and lung transplants Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib (BELOW) the IJN said in a statement today. The surgery procedures started at 10.45pm and the Batu Pahat-born Tee was wheeled out from the operation theatre to the Intensive Care Unit at 9.05am today.

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October 04, 2007
15:09 PM
Mechanical Heart' Girl Undergoes Heart Transplant At IJN

ABOVE: Two IJN staff carry two bags of hearts; one of them donated by a patient who died from an accident in Perak. The heart was donated to Tee Hui Yee, 14, who has been spending the last 12 months at IJN and surviving with the help of a mechanical heart.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- "Mechanical heart" girl Tee Hui Yi, who received a donor heart Wednesday, underwent a heart transplant at the

National Heart Institute (IJN) here this afternoon. She was operated on by a team of heart surgeons, assisted by special nurses, since 10pm last night. After spending the last 12 months at IJN and surviving with the help of a mechanical heart, the 14-year-old received the heart from a 15-year-old donor who was killed in a road accident in Ipoh yesterday. A 13-member medical team comprising heart surgeons and special nurses were flown to Ipoh Hospital last night to operate on the donor to retrieve his heart, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek told reporters.

ABOVE Before the 1st Transplant, she was distress with BELOW: the Mechanical heart she had to lug around

The donor not only donated his heart but also his lungs, liver and kidneys with the consent of his family, he told reporters after being briefed on Tee's heart transplant by IJN's Chief Executive Officer Razif Mohd Yunus and Medical Director Datuk Seri Dr Roba'ayah Zambahari. Dr Chua said the donor's lungs were also transplanted on a 39- year-old patient."Two transplants were done simultaneously today. I can imagine how a dead person can save many patients who are waiting for organs," he said.

ABOVE: in happier mood before the transplant and BELOW: The worry is in the mother's face

Dr Chua said Tee's heart transplant was quite risky as she has been hooked to a mechanical heart powered by a 9kg battery since a year ago. "Since she has been waiting for a donor heart for too long, it has affected her health and appetite," he said. The Batu Pahat-born teenager has been appealing for a donor heart since a year ago as the life span of her mechanical heart will expire in
September next year. Dr Chua said he was happy Tee finally received a heart donour and was thankful to the donor's family who set a very good example in the country. "The family members have asked the donor's name be kept confidential. We respect their wish.

"The donor's family is exemplary. They have noble intentions when they agreed to donate the organs. I hope Malaysians realise if there are no donors, many patients awaiting organs will die," he said. Dr Chua said it was disheartening that despite many fatal accidents occurring in the country every year, the number of organs saved for donation was negligible due to disagreement from victims' families. The nation needs about 1,200 kidneys, 450 hearts, 450 corneas and 200 livers a year to save patients' lives, he said. Thanking the media for the extensive publicity given to Tee's plight, the minister said the publicity blitz had indirectly created awareness among the people on the importance of organ donation.

Dr Chua said his ministry would intensive promotions to boost public awareness on organ donation, particularly in convincing family members or the donor's next-of-kin, many of whom are opposed to organ donation. He said every single procedure in signing up as an organ donor or as a recipient would be done professionally and according to ethics. "One of the problems faced by the ministry is that though many pledge to donate their organs, when they die, their family members object. "Up to June, 108,000 people have pledged to donate their organs. Nevertheless, only 25 people donated due to family objections at the last minute," he said. Their reservations are largely due to religious and cultural reasons though no religion in this country forbids organ donation, he said. Of the 108,000 organ donors, 62 per cent are Chinese, Indians (23 per cent), Malays (12 per cent) and other races (three per cent), he said. Fifty-four per cent of them are women, he added.

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MORE PICS & Video – Inflated RM90M Malaysia 1st Cosmonaut 10-Day Hitch; Dr Sheikh Muszaphar- Current Space fare is US21M (RM70.77M)

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar- Malaysia 1st angkasawan (cosmonaut) to Internal Space Station

First M'sian, first female commander blast into space Oct 10, 07 1:25pm
Malaysiakini has the report on the Two double first in the Space flight that carried the 1st Malaysian into Space at an Inflated Space fare of RM90 M(US26.7 M) when the ongoing fare is only US21M (RM70.8M).

Give and take how did the Malaysian angkasawan (cosmonaut) programme ballooned to RM90 Million (figure from Bernama below) when the current Space ticket fare is only RM70.77 Million in Nov 2006? (details BELOW)
There is a difference of almost RM20 Million to account for. Ok there is the extra cost of training two cosmonauts for a full year and the extra for those space experiments & the air fares for the hangers on. Add in a couple of RM Millions, there is still a lot to account for? PAC interested to find out?
And this RM90 million Malaysian angkasawan programme is to offset the agreement between the Malaysian and Russian governments in the purchase of Sukhoi fighter jets costing RM3.4 billion in 2003. So the funds must come from the Ministry of Defence under the charge of our DPM Najib. Another hefty commission for some agent or “someone crossing a stream has wet his feet”?

ABOVE: the last wave from the 3 cosmonauts before entering the spacecraft

ABOVE: Before Blast-off and BELOW: Moments after Blast-off
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ABOVE & BELOW: Malaysian hitch-hiker Cosmonaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha in the cram space of the spacecraft. They allow him to take along a portable lab (how many grams?) to carry out some tests in his free time. As a Muslim he wants to take the credit for being the first Muslim astronaut to observe the Ramadan fast and also celebrate Aidilfitri. And he has said at 333km above earth, he wants to be closer to God

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October 10, 2007 21:37 PM

First Malaysian Goes Into Space, Nation Sets History

BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha blasted off from here today in a Soyuz spacecraft to become the first Malaysian to go into space in a launch seen as a milestone in propelling Malaysia into a new and exciting chapter in its history.The 35-year-old "angkasawan" (astronaut in Malay), an orthopaedic surgeon from Seremban who has American Peggy Whitson and Russian Yuri Malenchenko for company, lifted off at 7.21 pm (9.21 pm Malaysian time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in a Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft bearing the flags of Malaysia, Russia and the United States. The launch of the spacecraft, which is headed for a docking with the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) 333km above the earth, was followed live by millions of Malaysians back home who were glued to their television sets or giant screens placed at strategic locations in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi watched the historic lift-off live on one of the several huge screens set up at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), along with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha and 280 schoolchildren. A breaking-of-the-fast was held earlier at the venue.

The launch was observed here by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis as well as the parents of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor -- Datuk Sheikh Mustapha Sheikh Shukor and Datin Zuraida Datuk Sheikh Ahmad. Coming on the 28th day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, the launch holds a special significance for Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor. He does not have to fast in space but has said that he may want to observe the regime, if possible. He will then take credit for being the first Muslim astronaut to observe the Ramadan fast and also celebrate Aidilfitri, which is likely to fall on Oct 13, in space. For this "angkasawan" and all other Malaysians, the launch could not have come at a more opportune moment -- when the nation is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence.

Coincidentally, Russia is marking 50 years of space exploration. The first ever satellite, Sputnik, was launched from the very same Baikonur Cosmodrome on Oct 4 1957. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and his fellow astronauts will be in the ISS for nine days, during which time the Malaysian is scheduled to conduct three experiments involving cells in space, microbes in space and the crystallisation of proteins. He is due to return to earth on Oct 21.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's space venture has been made possible by Malaysia's Angkasawan Programme to send the first Malaysian into space.The programme was conceived in 2003 when Russia agreed to send a Malaysian to the ISS as part of Malaysia's RM3.42-billion purchase of 18 Russian-made Sukhoi-30MKM fighter jets. The Russian government is bearing the cost of the programme????. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor is one of two candidates chosen from 11,267 applicants in an open selection process which started in October 2003 and ended in September 2006. The other is backup "angkasawan" Capt Dr Faiz Khaleed. After a series of tests, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Dr Faiz underwent training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, a facility inaugurated on Jan 11 1960 in Star City outside Moscow, from September last year.

The Russian space agency, Roskosmos, has agreed that Dr Faiz participate in the 2008/2009 space mission and has allowed him to continue training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre. The Angkasawan Programme is seen as a giant step for Malaysia in developing its scientific and technological capabilities and in building its international image. It is hoped that the programme will spur Malaysians to develop an interest in space studies in particular and science and technology in general, and encourage local scientific and space industries. More significantly, it is a programme that is expected to inspire Malaysians and give them new confidence and belief in their own capabilities. As Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said: "It is not merely a project to send a Malaysian into space. After 50 years of independence, we need a new shift and a new advantage to be more successful as a nation. "We want to awe and inspire, and spur Malaysians to attain greater success by embracing science and technology."

October 09, 2007 13:55 PM

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Will Blast Off For ISS Tomorrow

FIRST ASTRONAUT… Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Sheikh Mustapha, 34, will be the first Malaysian astronaut to blast off to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
From Abdul Rahman Ahmad

BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor has been chosen by the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) as Malaysia's first angkasawan (cosmonaut) to join a space mission tomorrow. The 35-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from Seremban will spend 10 days on the International Space Station (ISS). Joining him are Commander Peggy Whitson from the United States and Russian flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko. The spacecraft that will take them to the ISS will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7.21pm local time (9.21pm Malaysian time). Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar was selected based on Malaysia's original recommendation to Roscosmos naming him as the first-choice candidate and Capt Dr Faiz Khaleed, 27, as the second choice. He said the Roscosmos selection panel studied all reports submitted by the various training units which had prepared the two men for the mission. The minister told Malaysian journalists covering the space mission that Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, Dr Faiz and their respective team members were present when the announcement was made. He said the selection panel which met for 30 minutes also agreed that Dr Faiz be included in the 2008/09 space mission and allowed to undergo training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Moscow. Dr Jamaludin said he would inform the Cabinet about the panel's recommendation pertaining to Dr Faiz. The minister, however, did not rule out the possibility of changes in the crew line-up four hours prior to lift off. "On behalf of the Malaysian government, I would like to say thank you to Russia for making this mission possible. It's going to be a truly historic moment for Malaysia which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence this year. "It's also a significant event for Russia as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first man-made satellite (Sputnik) ," he said.

Dr Jamaludin also thanked the Russians for having assisted Malaysian scientists in making preparations for the research work to be conducted by Dr Sheikh Muszaphar during his space sojourn. He said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and Dr Faiz also addressed the selection panel in Russian. The programme to send a Malaysian to space was conceived in 2003 when Russia agreed to send a Malaysian to the ISS as part of Malaysia's RM3.4 billion purchase of 18 Russian-made Sukhoi jet fighters.

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October 10, 2007 00:41 AM

Malaysian Scientists Confident Of Space Mission;

From Abdul Rahman Ahmad

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysian scientists involved in the research to be conducted in space through Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha who will take off for the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow, are confident of its success. Research coordinator for the National Angkasawan Programme Prof Dr A. Rahman A. Jamal said the confidence was based on the final trial session held involving both his team and the angkasawan two days ago. All the logistical processes and other matters relating to the research were running smoothly despite encountering various problems including the disappearance of several specimens such as bacteria, protein and cancer cell samples as well several tools and chemicals.

The items were reported missing when the scientists arrived at the airport here. "We were assisted by Russian scientists in getting hold of new specimens and back-up tools," he told reporters today. Besides Dr Rahman, other research team members are Prof Dr Ramelah Mohamed and Prof Dr Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman. On the research schedule at the ISS, Dr Rahman said: "As soon as the angkasawan lands on the ISS three days after the take off, Dr Muszaphar will move all the research equipment to a place or incubator and start the first research on protein. "The rest, on cancer cells and bacteria, will start the following day," he said. Research is one of the most important components in the National Angkasawan Programme because it will determine how far the programme is to be considered successful.

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October 09, 2007 22:52 PM

Soyuz TMA 11 Ready For Blast Off
From Abdul Rahman Ahmad

BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), Oct 9 (Bernama) -- The Soyuz TMA 11 space craft that will carry Malaysia's first angkasawan Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha into space is all set for blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow night.

The Malaysian media covering the launch of the space mission was today given the privilege for a closer view of the rocket at its launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, one of Russia's two major space launch complexes, operated by the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos). The Soyuz capsule attached on top of the rocket launcher is all ready to take Dr Sheikh Muszaphar together with the US Commander Peggi Whitson and Russian flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko into space at 7.21pm local time or 9.21pm Malaysian time. The rocket will be separated from the Soyuz capsule in stages. The process will start two minutes after the blast off. The Soyuz capsule carrying Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and the crew will circulate around the earth before docking at the ISS, which is orbiting the earth at an altitude of approximately 360km. He is expected to return on Oct 21 after experiencing life on zero gravity and performing a 10-day research on bacteria, cells and protein. Soyuz, which means "union" in Russian, is a series of space crafts designed by Sergey Korolyov for Russia's space programme. The space craft can carry up to three cosmonauts and provide life support for them for about 30 days. A Soyuz space craft is protected during launch by a "nose fairing", which is jettisoned after passing through the atmosphere. It has an automatic docking system.

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October 09, 2007 22:32 PM

Giant Screen At Dataran Merdeka To Broadcast Angkasawan Launch

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- City folk will get to witness the launch of Malaysia's first angkasawan (cosmonaut) into space on the giant screen at the Dataran Merdeka here tomorrow night. Kuala Lumpur City Hall said the screen would be switched on at 8pm to allow the public to watch the spacecraft taking Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha to the International Space Station (ISS) being readied for lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who will be following the launch from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here, is also expected to be briefed on the final preparations in Baikonur. The live telecast of the launch, scheduled at 7.21pm local time (9.21pm Malaysian time), will also be aired over Astro's channel 588, RTM and TV3. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, 35, who was picked by the Russian Space Agency for the mission, will be joined by American Commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko. Capt Dr Faiz Khaleed, 27, is the reserve angkasawan. Both men have been in Kazakhstan for the past week. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, an orthopaedic surgeon from Seremban, will spend 10 days on the ISS. The RM90 million Malaysian angkasawan programme is to offset the agreement between the Malaysian and Russian governments in the purchase of Sukhoi fighter jets costing RM3.4 billion in 2003

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Price Of Space Tourist Flight To ISS Raised By One Million Dollars

by Staff Writers; Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) Nov 10, 2006

The price of a commercial flight to the International Space Station has risen from $20 million to $21 million, a Russian space official said Thursday. Russia has so far sent four commercial space tourists to the orbital station on board Soyuz spacecraft. Nikolai Sevastyanov, the head of the Energia rocket and space corporation, said the price rise was caused by growth in the cost of materials and components used in the construction of the Soyuz spacecraft. "Roskosmos [the Federal Space Agency] has fixed the tariffs at around $21 million, due to an increase in the prices of materials and components," Sevastyanov said. The official said two of the three astronauts carried in Soyuz spacecraft on trips to the ISS pay for their flights. "The first one, as a rule, is a NASA astronaut, and NASA pays Roskosmos for his flight; the second is a commercial astronaut whose flight is paid for from private funds," Sevastyanov said. He said a Russian cosmonaut commands the team, and his flight is paid for under Russia's federal space program.
Dennis Tito (ABOVE), an American businessman and former NASA scientist, became the first space tourist when he visited the ISS in 2001. He was followed by South African computer millionaire Mark Shuttleworth in 2002 and Gregory Olsen, a U.S. entrepreneur and scientist, in 2005.

Anousheh Ansari, 40 (ABOVE), a U.S. citizen of Iranian origin and a telecommunications businesswoman, became the first female space tourist this year. Charles Simonyi, 58, a U.S. citizen of Hungarian descent and a key figure in developing Microsoft's Word and Excel applications, recently began training in the Moscow region's Zvyozdny Gorodok space training center for a flight in 2007


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