Saturday, October 11, 2008

1st Anniversary National Angkasawan Programme

Association members at the Exhibition Hall

(From Left: Haizam, Faiz, Patihe, Bostami, Fadzli, Hozay, Norhisham & Harridon)



10th October 2008, Planetarium Negara- A year ago we embarked on our historic journey to space. To commemorate the event, ANGKASA launched an awareness campaign to run from the 10th to 21st October 2008, the exact duration we were in space last year.



Exhibition Hall is now open!



Dr. Mustafa & Mej Dr. Faiz Khaleed



Due to the heavy evening downpour in Kuala Lumpur, the ceremony which was supposed to be located outdoors underneath the stars and galaxy was moved to the Planetarium's Dome Theatre. At 8pm Dr. Mustafa Din Subari, Director General of ANGKASA gave a welcoming speech to the invited guests and explained a brief outline of our progress and upcoming projects. The upcoming projects were mostly geared towards creating public awarenes. Among the interesting projects is a documentary series to be aired in December.



An interesting visual display of water droplets



Datuk Dr. Maximus Ongkili then officiated the event followed by a short video presentation of the Angkasawan Programme. We then took a short tour of the Angkasawan Exhibition held in the Planetarium's Exhibition Hall. The exhibits on display were very comprehensive from a mock-up Soyuz capsule to space memorabilias brought back by our first Angkasawan.



The Soyuz Mock-up Cockpit



Information on the space experiments and selection process were also on display. The names of successful candidates were also listed to the delight of our association members that were present. It's a great exhbition and I urge everyone to make their way down to the Planetarium to view it.



Harridon explaining about the Viking rocket system on ArianeIV



After a short interval, we witnessed a mock-up launch of the Soyuz TMA-11 rocket with fireworks to mark the anniversary of the Angkasawan Programme. ANGKASA had put on a great show and I truly enjoyed myself.



3,2,1...Blast Off!!!



A public talk series will also be held at the Planetarium. Details are as follows:



8pm 11th Oct Prof A. Rahman on Microgravity Space Research

3pm 13th Oct Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar on his Experience in Space

10am 14th Oct Prof A. Rahman on Microgravity Space Research

10am 16th Oct Mej Dr. Faiz Khaleed on Man Spaceflight Missions

8pm 18th Oct Dr. T.J. O'Brien on Exploring the Invisible Universe

10am 21st Oct Prof Dr. M Zambri on Space Exploration




So kindly make your way down to the Planetarium to celebrate our anniversary into space...



Mohammed Faiz bin Kamaludin



Having fun at the Anti-Gravity room



Trying out the Space Ball

4 comments:

  1. assalamualaikum..
    i'm one of person that follow this Program Angkasawan Negara..can u tell about the result of experiment done in microgravity by dr. sheikh..i'm really want to know..

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  2. Scientific analysis is an ongoing process and most of the space experiments conducted by Dr. Sheikh have turned out well. The recent microgravity workshop revealed the progress of the experiments. It will take some time before the results are published and patented or become commercial. Hope that helps. Thank you for your support.

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  3. Congratulation on the 1st anniversary.
    But don't you think it will be much more better if the awareness of the space program is been introduce to all school in Malaysia & NOT just being presented at shopping complex where the rural student can't be reach.
    Also the prize of dinner with our astronut, I think it will be better if the proceed for the dinner be set up as a trust fun for our very own National Space University/Institute, where the subject of space, building space craft & ect are being teach & all 27 semi final astronut could be their guest lecture.
    Who know by 2020 we can have our very own space shuttle & astronut like China

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  4. Well said Fid. Agensi Angkasa Negara are organizing roadshows throughout Malaysia to reach out to the rural areas as they did in Sabah. Our association supports all activities conducted by ANGKASA as they have the budget for it. We however are a non-profit organisation. Having booths in malls are also beneficial to create presence and awareness for the city folks. All allocation of funds and events are decided by policy makers and we can only hope that it is planned and spent effectively for maximum gains. Thank you for your kind input and support.

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