10 OC­TO­BER 2007

The Peak (Malaysia) - - Commonwealth -

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.

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