Thursday, October 11, 2007

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

UPDATE: Go H E R E on the Landing on 21st Oct 2007

MORE PICS & Video – Malaysian spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Returns with Crew 15 Expedition in Soyuz TMA-1021st Oct 07, 10:36 GMT; A ballistic descent for the returning Soyuz resulted in a landing about 210 miles west of the nominal landing site
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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”?.

The update from wired report AP says the deal (in 2003 for 1 Astronaut to go) was a US25 million agreement for US900 million for 18 Russian Jets. And our Malaysian Government has indicated the jets were valued at RM3.4 billion. Basing on US9000 million equals RM3.4 billion, an exchange rate of 3.77777 is arrived at which is closer to the fixed rate of 3.8 in the year 2003. And if the space ride deal is US25 million, then angkasawan programme should be RM94.44 million. The current rate is only 3.37.

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 (but AP report below says he is excused??) and also celebrate Aidilfitri. And he has said at 333km above earth, he wants to be closer to God.
from a comment in a blog: “..multiple records breaker. He is the first Muslim, Malaysian, Malay to Solat, fast and celebrate Raya in space

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Malaysian Astronaut Set to Go Into Space

Monday, October 08, 2007

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A crew that includes Malaysia's first astronaut and an American who will become the first woman to command the international space station prepared Monday for blastoff later this week. The Soyuz-FG rocket is scheduled to blast off from the Central Asian steppe on Wednesday night to take Malaysia's Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Peggy Whitson of Beaconsfield, Iowa, and Russian Yuri Malenchenko into orbit. During his 12-day space trip, Shukor is to study of the effects of microgravity and space radiation on cells and microbes, as well as experiments with proteins for a potential HIV vaccine.

The rocket — adorned with a Malaysian flag and coat of arms and carrying a Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft — was moved Monday to the launch pad from its assembly site at the Baikonur cosmodrome, which Russia rents from Kazakhstan. "It's too exciting to be cold," said Shankini Dovaisingam, a Malaysian aerospace engineer observing the final preparations. "It's amazing to see the Malaysian flag on a Soyuz spaceship." The mission coincides with the last days of Ramadan, the holy month when Muslims fast from dawn until sundown, but Malaysian clerics decreed that Shukor will be excused from fasting while in space.

Shukor's religion also requires that he face Mecca for prayer but clerics decided that the exact location matters only for the beginning of the prayer ritual. Shukor, 35, will bring a "symbolic" load of Malaysian food to the space station, said Zulkeffeli Mat Jusoh, a program director for the Malaysian space program. The $25 million agreement for a Malaysian astronaut to fly to space was negotiated in 2003 along with a $900 million deal for Malaysia to buy 18 Russian fighter jets. Shukor is to return to Earth on Oct. 21 with two Russian members of the current space station crew. Whitson and Malenchenko will stay on as the station's new crew, and will be joined in October by U.S. astronaut Daniel Tani, who is arriving with the shuttle Discovery. Tani will replace fellow American Clayton Anderson, who has been at the station since June.

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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

ABOVE: The BIG disappointment at Dataran Merdeka - the Big screen was a blank - they called it a "technical hitch" and BELOW: the TV3 crew came to the rescue with their portable monitoring screen

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

ABOVE & BELOW: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who mooted the idea was watching in IJN on a BIG LCD Screen in the Buga Raya ward, where he took up the entire wing with closed relatives around.

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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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Dennis Tito (the first space tourist - an American businessman and former NASA scientist) during his trip which would be very similar to the one taken by the current Malaysian. Will he have to the menial tasks of serving meals?

First space tourist returns to Earth

Web posted at: 2:06 AM EDT (0606 GMT)

ATLANTA, Georgia -- The world's first paying space tourist, U.S. businessman Dennis Tito, has descended back to Earth safely after six days aboard the orbiting international space station. He landed in the Kazakh steppes Sunday aboard a Soyuz spacecraft which brought him and two Russian cosmonauts back to Earth from the International Space Station.Along with Russian cosmonauts Talgat Musabayev and Yuri Baturin, Tito landed at 0542 GMT in a "hard" landing.

The pilots softened the fall with onboard rockets and a parachute. Just over three hours earlier, the Russian Soyuz capsule had undocked from the international space station and embarked on its lightning voyage back to Earth. The return trip by the 60-year-old multimillionaire who reportedly paid the Russian space agency $20 million was the final part of a fantastic space voyage. But Tito returns to a growing row over whether tourists should be allowed to venture into space. In a final video linkup from space, Tito said: "Personally, I've had the time of my life. I've achieved my dream and nothing could have been better. I thank everybody that supported my mission."

As they left the space station, Musabayev and American astronaut Jim Voss hugged, and Voss shook Tito's hand. Tito and the cosmonauts then floated head-first into the Soyuz, their stockinged feet disappearing from view before the hatch connecting the capsule with the station was closed. Inside the capsule, they switched on the power supply - the capsule had been drawing power from the space station -- and powered up the capsule's navigation computer. They donned bulky spacesuits for the flight back to Earth and ensured the Soyuz was airtight before it undocking from the station. A video attached to the capsule showed the space station quickly receding in the distance and the Earth coming into view. The capsule orbited Earth once, and then scuttled most of its weight including the habitation module, with toilet and kitchen, and the instrument module, with its batteries and solar wings. That left only the 3.3-ton landing capsule.

The Soyuz craft's main parachute is scheduled to begin unfurling at 0526 GMT before retro-rockets fire to cushion its final descent. In the last communications session with the crew, Mission Control in Korolyov, outside Moscow, asked Musabayev to give Tito two medicines and salt water to help him endure the stress of gravitational forces. He did not specify what the medicines were. Flight commander Pyotr Klimuk told the crew that the weather was fine at the landing site near Arkalyk, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of the Kazak capital Astana, with scattered clouds, winds of three to seven meters (10 to 24 feet) per second and the temperature hovering around 20 Celsius (68 F).

After landing some 80 kilometres (50 miles) northeast of the tiny township of Arkalyk on the Kazak steppe, the trio will undergo preliminary medical tests in a mobile medical centre. From there they will be flown to Astana airport for the official welcome by Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev. A brief news conference is scheduled for 1200 GMT. Tito, Musabayev and Baturin will then fly to Moscow.

Russian space officials were hoping for an incident-free landing to sign off the controversial trip by Tito. Former U.S. senator and ex-astronaut John Glenn took issue on Saturday with Tito's ride on a Russian spacecraft, calling it a misuse of the basic research mission of space exploration. "I don't blame him wanting to go up," Glenn told CNN's "The Capital Gang." "And he's right. It's an incredible experience . . . But I just think it's a misuse of the spacecraft, and it was supposed to be for research."

NASA misgivings
Despite misgivings from NASA that Tito should have waited to take his joyride until more construction was completed on the multi-billion dollar complex, the trip ignited speculation that others among the jet-set would set their sights higher than the atmosphere. Names that have surfaced include filmmaker James Cameron, an Oscar-winner looking for the perfect camera angle to capture planet Earth. While praising Cameron for waiting for NASA's blessing to ride to the station, NASA chief Dan Goldin constantly took swipes at Tito before reporters and congress, referring to the gigantic ego and space unworthiness of the Wall Street investor. "The current situation has put an incredible stress on the men and women of NASA," Goldin told a House subcommittee on Wednesday. "Mr. Tito does not realize the effort of thousands of people, United States and Russia, who are working to protect his safety and the safety of everyone else."
Floating upward more than 200 miles, such protests hardly penetrated the thick hull of the floating complex, where Tito, a former NASA rocket scientist, enjoyed the congenial support of his Soyuz comrades, the courteous hospitality of two NASA astronauts living on Alpha and a warm embrace when he met the station's Russian commander.

Filled with the sounds of arias and overtures and the sights of passing continents and oceans, the serene world of citizen explorer Tito was interrupted only by an early bout of space nausea. And the occasional press conference, when he dismissed Goldin's assertion that his presence threatened the safety of the space pros. Rather, Tito, who paid up to $20 million for the roundtrip vacation, was actually pitching in to help.

'Menial tasks'
"I've been shelling out food and doing rather menial tasks to assist the crew and give them more time for their other work," Tito said. Safety was the reason Tito, 60, could make the trip in the first place. He tagged along with Russians Talgat Musabayev and Yuri Baturin, who delivered a fresh Soyuz escape capsule to Alpha last Monday.

A new Soyuz is needed every six months because toxic fuels aboard the Russian ships degrade and possibly corrode engine parts over time. The old vessel had about two weeks left on its 200-day warranty. NASA, the leading partner among 16 nations piecing Alpha together, took umbrage because Moscow sold a seat on the Soyuz taxi flight to a non-professional.

But the cash-strapped Russian space program, which controls the passenger list on the essential Soyuz mission, could continue its experiment in high-flying capitalism, especially considering the ticket price covers the cost of the entire flight. Many will likely be ready to pay. "Before I flew to space, I had no idea how comfortable it would be," Tito said. "I think if a lot of people know what I know now there would be a huge demand."

Perennial cash shortages, which prompted the Russians to start their space tourism business, have dogged Moscow's space programme since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In part they forced Russia to abandon its pioneering Mir space station in March after a record-breaking 15 years. Washington is footing the lion's share of the cost of the project, but Moscow, which has unrivalled experience of long-term space flight, has designed and built many key parts. It sees U.S. opposition to the Tito flight as politically motivated

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The SPACE & Worlds we exists in

Our idea of space is some completely erroneous conception of an emptiness to be filled... True inner space is to the contrary vital energy, itself alive, possessing abilities or transformation, forming all existences, even the camouflage reality with which you are familiar, and which you attempt to probe so ineffectively. This basic universe expands constantly in terms of intensity, quality and value, in a way that has nothing to do with your idea of space. The basic universe beneath all camouflage does not have existence in space at all, as you envision it... Space is a camouflage... a deep deception for all and an illusion.

You do not acquire a 'spirit' at death. You are one, now! You adopt a body (to experience earth life) just as a scuba diver wears a scuba diving suit (to survive undersea) and for much the same reason a space traveler wears a space suit (to survive in “space”)
Your spirit joined itself with flesh, and in flesh, to experience a world of incredible richness. Your spirit was born in flesh to enrich a marvelous area of sense awareness, to feel energy made into corporeal form. You look at the world around you and are amazed at its richness and variety. Do you think that the inner world (spiritual) is not as rich, even richer, and more valid? Do you think there is but one kind of consciousness?

Your world is formed out of the vast unpredictability of consciousness. From it you form your own ideas of significance and of yourself... You must stop thinking in terms of ordinary progression. It is bad enough when you worry about keeping up with the Joneses. It is something else, however, when you start worrying about which kind of self [or consciousness] is superior to another kind
Also be aware of the unknown reality. Man thought once, historically speaking, that there was but ONE world. Now he knows differently, but he still clings to the idea of one god, one self, and one body through which to express it.

There is ONE God, but within that God are many. There is ONE self, but within that self are many. There is ONE body, in one time, but the self has other bodies in other times. And all 'times' exist at once, i.e. simultaneously.
Our concepts of personhood are now limiting us personally and en masse, and yet our religions, metaphysics, histories, and even our sciences are hinged upon your ideas of who and what you are. Your psychologies do not explain your own reality to you. They cannot contain your experience. Your religions do not explain your greater reality, and your sciences leave you just as ignorant about the nature of the universe in which you dwell.
These institutions and disciplines are composed of individuals, each restrained by limiting ideas about their OWN private reality; and so it is with private reality that we will begin and always return, period
Linear thinking dominates our Western world. What we cannot see, smell, hear, taste, feel, or measure seems amorphous, unreal. The limitations of life perceived this way offer a safety net. With it comes assurance that we know what we are about.

But we have in all of us a travel partner—a hitchhiker in the form of the self that does not focus solely on the manifest. Sometimes this hitchhiker sneaks through our back doors and sharply steers a new direction for our life. Then we can discover the vistas of the unknown reality in this way.
As you think of it, your future is not set. You can follow any road you choose, but--until you realize that as individuals you each form your own personal life, and have a part in the mass creation of reality--there is much learning ahead for you. This is a lesson you are meant to fully understand within physical reality.
You are meant to judge physical reality. You are meant to realize that it is a materialization of your thoughts and feelings and images, that the inner self forms that world. In your terms, you cannot be allowed to go into other dimensions until you have learned the great power of your thoughts and subjective feelings. So even when you think you destroy, you destroy nothing. And when you think you kill, you kill nothing. When you imagine that you can annihilate a reality, you can only assault it as you know it. The reality itself will continue to exist

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Cops make public CCTV footage of suspected killers

Charles Ramendran; theSUN

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 11, 2007): Police have made public the close-circuit TV footage captured at the scene where the naked body of eight-year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin was found stuffed in a sports bag in Petaling Utama, off Old Klang Road, on Sept 17. They hope the public can help identify the characters in the footage who may be able to help track down the killer/s. The footage, retrieved from an automobile workshop next to a stairway where Nurin's body was found, was too blur and grainy. Police then sought help from the US FBI's forensic forensics laboratory in Washington to enhance the video footage. In a press conference in Bukit Aman today, federal CID director Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee released DVD copies of enhanced CCTV video clip to the media and urged the characters captured in the footages and anyone with information on the characters to help in investigations. He said police are releasing two segments lasting about nine minutes taken from the recording which showed a man on a motorcycle and a sports bag and the other of a woman who leaves in a car with three men.

The first segment , lasting about two minutes and captured at about 1pm on Sept 16, features a man arriving on a Modenas Kriss motorcycle carrying a blue and black Diadora bag placed in front of him.

He gets off his machine outside the stairway, takes off his helmet before making a call on his handphone. While engrossed in a conversation which lasted about a minute, the man is also seen walking around his motorcycle.

He then hangs up his phone and puts on his helmet. He picks up the sports bag which appeared to be heavy. He steps into the shophouse verandah which was out of the CCTV's range then reappears again before leaving on his motorcycle.

In the second segment captured on the same day at 2pm, a woman in a red blouse and dark coloured jeans is spotted loitering in the verandah of the shophouse. A blue Perodua Kenari with several people in it pulls up outside the publishing company. Wan said the occupants of the blue Kenari are staff members of the company who had provided police with clues and information. However, minutes after the staff members get off their car carrying bags and boxes, another Kenari believed to be silver or grey coloured stops several metres behind their car.

A man steps out of the front passenger seat and is seen talking on his phone. Minutes later, another man steps out of the backseat of the car and sits in the front passenger seat. The red bloused woman then steps into the backseat with the first passenger who came out of the car. It is believed that the car was driven by a third man. Wan said a photofit of a woman released to the media by police last week was that of the woman who is captured on the CCTV. He said the photofit of a man which was given to the press at the same time was that of a man who had gone to Bangsar in search of a room to rent for himself and his daughter. "Several cars were seen passing the area in the video, including a taxi. I hope they can help us in this probe," he said. On photographs of Nurin's post mortem circulated on the the internet, Wan said full scale investigations are in progress. "Investigators have interviewed several policeman," he said, reminding those who received such visuals to refrain from forwarding the photographs. "Please do not do circulate them. Have some respect for the victim and family," said Wan.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The space tourist says he "Wants to be closer to God" what rubbish is this.
Closer to hell more like it!!!!
His space vacation is not even 'halal' the trip has been deviously funded from taxpayers money and there have, it seems, been millions of Ringgit syphoned off into the private bank accounts of some big time crooks.
This seems to be the Malaysian way, lie, cheat, deceive, rob, and line ones own pockets. What a cesspit we live in.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the difference of praying by using a stolen cap(songkok curi)? Does Fiqh deemed the prayer as not valid?

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He spent his time reading the Quran and conducting sembahyang hajat, and calling his family and loved one." What? Reading Quran and not fasting at the sametime, reading and eating. Thumbs up!

4:46 PM  
Blogger mahaguru58 said...

Behold the thieving ways of 'Islam Hadhari' and you have Mr.Clean and his sidekick to curse for it!

I have wriiten at length denouncing the needless wastage of such precious taxpayers money in my blog.

If the people of Malaysia do not wake up and take charge of the current spending spree by the crooks in the BN government of Abdullah Bedalwi, then all Malaysians ought to kick themselves to death and suffer like hell for all eternity!

When are Malaysians gonna come to their goddamned senses if they even have one to speak of in the first place after watching all this bullshit taking place under the Bloody Nuts?

That idiot needs to be slapped for stating that he needs to be closer to God!

6 foot under would be better for the likes of him and his thieving sponsors!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Mahaguru, agree with you ; spent so much money to produce a "Bolehnut" is a waste of financial resources.
While the poors in the country are barely surviving , we really should put the 'travel fare ' to a much better use, like aiding the destitute, building infrastructure in rural areas, more hospitals, schools, welfare for the lower income groups...........

10:49 PM  

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