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Angkasawan lands in UKM

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie, the first Angkasawan (Malaysian astronaut) will be giving a pep-talk to the new students of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) on July 5th, 2007 at Dewan Canselor Tun Abdul Razak (DECTAR), 8.30 am.

The event is held to welcome the new students to the new world of academic advancement as well as to encourage and give new insights to the field science and technology.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie bin Sheikh Mustapha (born July 27, 1972) is the first Angkasawan to go into space when he is launched to the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-11 in October 2007.

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar obtained his high school education at Maktab Rendah Sains MARA in Muar. He then pursued his MBBS medical degree at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.

Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar is an orthopaedic doctor and a trainee lecturer in medicine with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Previously, he has served in Hospital Seremban (1998), Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (1999) and Hospital Selayang (2000-2001)

He and three other finalists were selected at the beginning of 2006 for the Malaysian Angkasawan spaceflight program. After completing initial training at Star City in Russia, he and Kapten Dr. Faiz Khaleed were selected to undergo an 18-month training stint in Russia, at the end of which one will be chosen as the angkasawan while the other will serve as back-up.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and Kapten Dr. Faiz Khaleed are currently in Malaysia on a 3-week break until July 13th.  From July 15th, both Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and Kapten Dr. Faiz Khaleed with the rest of the team are going to undergo a survival exercise at the Black Sea before heading back to NASA headquarters in Houston, Texas, to study NASA’s space module starting from July 23rd.