10 OCTOBER 2007
A SPACE ODYSSEY
Those who grew up with space operas like StarWars and Star
Trek turned green with envy as Malaysia’s first astronaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, was sent to space on a mission to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-11 rocket with the Expedition 16 crew. After being selected alongside three other finalists in 2006 for the Malaysian Angkasawan spaceflight programme, he underwent an 18-month training programme in Russia before taking off.