Sunday, April 25, 2010

100 astronauts to gather at confab

April 23, 2010, Friday

He pointed out that the 100 astronauts will be meeting over 200,000 school students throughout the country within one day.

“The astronauts will be going around the country including Sarawak and Sabah, and I hope we would be able to meet about 200,000 Malaysian school students,” he said. Meanwhile, Muszaphar was asked on his toughest challenge in being an astronaut.

“Mental strength is my toughest challenge. How do I deal with it? Well, whenever I’m faced with a tough challenge, I would close my eyes and imagine the hopes the country puts in me. They are the catalyst of my success,” he revealed.

When asked his ambition in life apart from being an astronaut, Muszaphar said he wanted to become an aircraft pilot and work with charitable bodies for African children.

“My first ambition would be realised around 2013 because at the moment I am still committed to motivating students,” he said.

From BorneoPost Online

Monday, April 5, 2010

Space shuttle Discovery, 7 astronauts blast off

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Discovery and seven astronauts rocketed into orbit Monday (Apr 5, 7:26 am ET) on one of NASA's final stockpiling missions to the International Space Station, its takeoff flames bringing an early dawn to the coast with this last scheduled shuttle launch in darkness.

Soyuz TMA-18 launched

A Russian-built Soyuz TMA-18 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, April 2, 2010 carrying three Expedition 23 crew members to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi