Sunday, April 06, 2008

Space Programme to Launch Another Astronaut?

Malaysia's space programme that has seen us sending our first astronaut into space last year would continue for sure but will the government send the second astronaut up to space.

During our last space outing by Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a back-up astronaut was trained at the same time. Mej Dr Faiz Khaleed who didn't get to go may have another shot later on as mentioned by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Dr Maximus Ongkili.

Hello space minister. I think it's enough to send just one astronaut. It was already a good experience going through that tough space training conducted by the Russian experts. Somehow this back-up astronaut has a deep knowledge about space programme as he said "The space industry is not only about astronauts but is an industry by itself. That is why we must continue the programme".

Reading: Minister To Decide On Space Programme - Malaysis Today

What industry are you talking about? Malaysia has no space industry here. The space training could only be conducted in Russia or USA as Malaysia do not have such facilities. The spaceship was launched from Russia as Malaysia do not have such facilities. Even if Malaysia do have the facilities (which I believe many cronies will apply to do so), Malaysia do not have any expertiese or trained personnels to conduct it. So, what industry is the back-up astronaut talking about?

Malaysia government's new agency, Bernama, even quoted Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor - "need to change the mindset of the younger generation to make students excel in science and mathematics so that the country could produce more angkasawans, scientists and space enginners".

Does that mean that the other countries that haven't send any of their citizens up to space will not see their younger generation to excel in science or mathematics? Out from 200 countries (very confused with the exact number actually), only 37 countries have done it. I pity the rest of the world then as Malaysia is quite ahead in the space programme.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor was recently invited to Sibu under Jaycess Mandarin Club's programme to share about Malaysia's space programme and he mentioned the following - "very excited about his help in reaching out to the Chinese community to prove the country's space programme is for all Malaysians, irrespective of race".

Was the space programme restricted to certain race? If not, why mention it?

Related posts:-
* Successful Launch of Soyuz TMA-11
* Malaysia's Space Programme
* Malaysia's First Astronaut
Tags: Malaysia's Space Programme, Malaysia, Space, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Faiz Khaleed, Jaycess Mandarin Club



Blogger - k o R i - said...

Your post reminded me of something my lecturer said about why he took up science. He took up science because [a certain country] encouraged students to study it. Why? Because Soviet Union launched the first satellite. So [that certain country] did't want to be left out and want to launch their own satellite too.

Malaysia... sent one astronaut... see other people go space... want to go space again... now telling young generation to pick up science? sheesh... might as well ask them to enrol in astronaut school straightaway .___.

06 April, 2008 06:57  
Blogger ~YM~ said... thing to clarify 1st.
Sheikh Muszaphar is just a space tourist. He's no astronaut. He's a pretty face model for Malaysia though.

His personality has been questioned in fact as he was not a good doc as well. Those in HUKM esp the nurses know him very well as a doc who laze off more often than not.

He even failed his specialist exam once for performing terribly.

Plus, rumors has said that he's a gay. He had announced that he is getting married soon but there's no sign of a bride other than his business partner in a restaurant? Haha...

Anyway, regard all this as rumors, but Malaysia government has failed terribly. Another space astronaut is going to cost a lot more, so where's Pak Lah's stand on not lavishing money on such projects when he first becomes PM?

06 April, 2008 18:56  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

kori - its true. why must we chase the others but we havent look at the needful part in our own country. was it a necessity after all.

yee ming - cant comment on those stuff u have mentioned. maybe u knew him better. but i can comment on the additional cost that wld be incurred. it wld cost us anor ton, possible RM100 million this tme round.

07 April, 2008 01:22  
Blogger Angie said...

YM's clarification is right. He's just a space tourist. I still don't get why they want to send another tourist to space. There's no solid objective for their plan either.

Like my friend said, why send a tourist to space when in East Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak) haven't even got proper highway (and other necessity) yet.

08 April, 2008 22:59  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

as said by many many many people which the govt chose not to listen to - spend the money available wisely and not just for short glory sake

09 April, 2008 17:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I think is that Malaysia is still not ready for the space! We are still a developing country and I think that resources should be spent elsewhere where it would better benefit the citizen. I wonder when will the government realise this

09 June, 2008 02:36  

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