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Tonyq
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posted 01-14-2006 02:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tonyq   Click Here to Email Tonyq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The National Space Agency of Malaysia (Agensi Angkasa Malaysia, ANGKASA) is close to choosing their two Angkasawans (cosmonauts) who will train for a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station in 2007.

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posted 02-08-2006 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSS   Click Here to Email MSS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The minister of science and technology of Malaysia declared the names of 8 semifinalists. Among them 7 men:
  • Norazlan Shah Mahadi, 36 years, manager
  • Kelvin Lim Hock Seong, 25 years, pilot
  • Mohammed Faiz Kamaludin, 34 years, pilot
  • Mohd Bostami Ahmad, 25 years, designer
  • Muhammad Husaini Hashim, 25 years, engineer
  • Dr. Syeikh Muszaphar Shukor, 34 years, doctor
  • Faiz Khaleed, 26 years, the stomatologist
...and the only woman, S Vanajah, 35 years, the engineer.

Now one must select four of them in order to send into Moscow. The names of these four will be released nearer toward the end of this month.

The flight of Malaysian cosmonaut is planned in October 2007 (Soyuz TMA-11)!

Tonyq
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posted 03-14-2006 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tonyq   Click Here to Email Tonyq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Malaysians down to their final four. Female candidate still in the running:
Docs, Engineer, Pilot For Astronaut Training In Russia, Says Najib
Two doctors, an engineer and a pilot were the Malaysian astronaut candidates picked to undergo training in Russia soon, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced Tuesday.

They are medical doctor Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, 34, Dr Faiz Khaleed, 26, a dentist, S. Vanajah, 35, an engineer, and pilot Mohammed Faiz Kamaluddin, 34.

Tonyq
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posted 04-30-2006 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tonyq   Click Here to Email Tonyq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The four Malaysian finalists are reported to have arrived in Moscow on Friday for tests at Star City and IMBP. It is said they will be there for 2/3 weeks.

The two who will then go for training will be named late May.

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posted 05-19-2006 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSS   Click Here to Email MSS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First Malaysian astronaut may fly to ISS in Sept 2007
The first Malaysian astronaut may fly the International Space Station (ISS) in September 2007, deputy head of the Federal Space Agency Yuri Nosenko said after signing a related contract.

"Preliminary training of four candidates started on May 15," he said. "They will be trained and examined at the cosmonaut training center in Zvezdny Gorodok and the Medical and Biological Problems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences until May 30. The main candidate for the flight and his backup will be chosen in August-September 2006. The main phase of preparations for the flight will start in September and last for about one year," he said.

A contract on the ISS mission of a Malaysian astronaut was signed between Russia's Rosoboronexport and the Malaysian Defense Ministry.

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posted 09-04-2006 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ANTARA News reports that Malaysia has announced its first astronaut:
Malaysia on Monday unveiled its first astronaut, a 34-year-old doctor who will blast off on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and visit the International Space Station in October 2007.

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor was the winner in a nationwide hunt which drew tens of thousands of hopefuls. Army dentist Faiz Khaleed, 26, was chosen as the back-up astronaut, or "angkasawan" as they are known in the Malay language.

More about Mr. Muszaphar:

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