Friday, October 29, 2010

Our book 'Aspirasi Angkasawan' is No.7 on MPH Best sellers list for week ending 24th October 2010

MPH Non-fiction best sellers list (local) for week ending 24th October 2010:
1. Bila Allah Menduga Kita Author : Syed Alwi Alatas
2. Di Mana Dia Di Hatiku? Author : Pahrol Mohd Juoi
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Indahnya Amalan Doa Author : Dato Ismail Kamus
Location, Timing & Branding Author : Ho Chin Soon
Rojak: Bite-Sized Stories Author : Amir Muhammad
Aspirasi Angkasawan: Catatan Pengalaman calon Angkasawan Negara Author : Persatuan Astronautik Malaysia; Mohammed Faiz Kamaludin
Hadiah Cinta Untuk Ilahi Author : Muhammad Rashidi Hj Wahab
What Your Teacher Didn't Tell You: The Annexe Lectures (Vol. 1) Author : Farish A. Noor
Get Into Gold: How to Invest in Gold Profitably While Avoiding the Traps Author : Azizi Ali

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Inspiring the young to know more about space

KUCHING: The younger generation needs more exposure to the field of space exploration so that they could understand the subject better, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Khairuddin Hamid said yesterday.

SHARING: Owen (left) relating his experience to the crowd. Also seen are Mario (second right) and Richard.

He said although there was a booming interest in the field since Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor became the country’s first astronaut in 2007, he was concerned the enthusiasm might fade once the hype was over.

As such, he called for continuous programmes on the subject so that the younger generation would be inspired to learn more about the field and its benefits to mankind.

He believed that through such efforts, the country could one day be the regional centre for space exploration and achieve greater progress in science and technological area.

“I really hope that with the exposure to science, technologies and the future of space travel, we can increase the interest among Malaysians.

“With advanced and modern science and technological expertise here in Malaysia, it is not impossible to promote our country as a possible hub for research and education on space technologies,” he said when speaking during the ‘Campus Space Walk’ talk at Unimas near here.

Three astronauts from the United States, father and son Owen Garriot and Richard Garriot, and Mario Runco Jr were invited for the talk held in connection with the XXIII Planetary Congress of Association of Space Explorers (ASE).

The talk was attended by students of Unimas and selected schools.

Owen, who went to Skylab in 1973 and Spacelab-1 in 1983, was the first of six scientist astronauts selected by Nasa, and he operated the world’s first amateur radio station from space.

Richard on the other hand was not qualified to become an astronaut, according to Nasa, but paid US$30 million and became the sixth space tourist.

A video game developer and entrepreneur, Richard took part in several education outreach programmes during his time at the SOYUZ TMA-13 in October 2008 and operated an amateur radio operator from the International Space Station (ISS).

Mario, who went to STS-44 Atlantis in 1991, STS-54 Endeavour 1003 and STS-77 Endeavour in May 1996 spent most of his space journey attending numerous experiments such as earth observation experiments, radiation monitoring experiments and life sciences experiments in support of long duration space flights.

The ASE congress in Kuala Lumpur was the first to be held in Malaysia and the second after Japan.

ASE, which was formed in 1985, has 350 members and it aims at providing a forum for dialogue and to promote education on space science and technology.

by Saiful Bahari. Posted on October 8, 2010, Friday

Taken from

Malaysia On Right Track In Developing Aerospace Sector

MELAKA, Oct 8 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is on the right track in developing the aerospace sector by organising various programmes, hence placing itself at par with other developing countries which have the same mission.

Former astronaut from Russia, Alexander Ivanchenkov, 60, regards the cooperation between the Malaysian and Russian governments in sending Malaysia's first astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor into space in October 2007 as apt in developing the field.

"Malaysia needs more such cooperation where it can encourage transfer of technology in aerospace to the country," he said through an interpreter after delivering a talk on space exploration at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), here, Thursday.

Also present was another Russian foremer astronaut Alexander Poleshchuk, 57, and former astronaut from the United States, Henry Hartsfield, 77.

They are in Malaysia with over 60 other astronauts and cosmonauts from 17 countries for the XXIII International Association of Space Explorers Planetary Congress themed "1Planet, 1Hope, 1Future", from Oct 5 to 10 in Kuala Lumpur.

Ivanchenkov who went into space for the first time on July 15, 1975, hoped Malaysia's aerospace sector development would be a continuous one by cultivating interest in aerospace among its young generation.

Meanwhile, Hartsfield said the development of the aerospace sector was not only limited to the technical aspects, but the development of human capital too, especially involving the young generation.

"The future of aerospace is in the hands of young people. They must master science and technology in order to carry on this effort (developing the sector), besides having a high level of discipline," he said.

Hartsfield who first went into space in June 1982, has been involved in many development programmes by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) since 1969.

The Malaysian Multimedia University in Bukit Beruang here also held a similar programme attended by over 1,000 university and school students who listened to talks given by six foreign astronauts.

Taken from BERNAMA

Pictures taken at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, one of the 11 participating universities during the Campus Space Walk community programme...

The crowd in UPNM

NASA Astronaut Richard Richards

I have a question...

Photo with the kids

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

23rd ASE Planetary Congress officially launched in KL

The 23rd Planetary Congress for the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) was successfully launched in Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur this morning. Dato' Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysia's first angkasawan is playing host to this year's congress with the theme of One Planet, One Hope, One Future. The event was kicked off by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education, Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah followed by the first technical session on human exploration titled perspectives of language and culture chaired by astronaut Gerhard Thiele. The congress serves as a forum for astronaut members to interact professionally and develop ASE programmes, importantly motivational talks that will be carried out in 11 universities throughout Malaysia this Thursday 7th of October 2010. The event is a first of it's kind in South East Asia whereby 61 participating astronauts from 17 countries are gathering to encourage international cooperation and essentially promote education in space science and engineering.

Children with flags from participating nations

Go for Launch!!!

ASE members

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Campus Space Walk: Association of Space Explorers XXIII Planetary Congress Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2010

A group of astronauts will conduct presentations for students in selected educational institutions nationwide in conjunction with the 23rd Planetary Congress for the Association of Space Explorers. The sessions will begin from 10am to 1230pm respectively in each campus.

Participating universities:

National University of Malaysia (UKM)
Astronauts: Dato' Sheikh Muszaphar (Malaysia), Alexei Leonov (Russia), Yang Liwei (China), Sultan Al Saud (Saudi Arabia), Soyeon Yi (Korea)

Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)
Astronauts: Leroy Chiao (USA), Fei Junlong (China), Richard Richards (USA), Rusty Schweickart (USA), Chiaki Mukai (Japan), Yuri Baturin (Russia)

Politeknik Ungku Omar Perak (PUO)
Astronauts: John Fabian (USA), Aleksandar Aleksandrov (Bulgaria), Franz Viehbock (Austria), Pam Melroy (USA)

Nilai University College (NILAI UC)
Astronauts: Klaus-Dietrich Flade (Germany), Vladimir-Lyakhov (Russian), Don Williams (USA), Miroslaw Hermaszewski (Poland), Sergei Treschev (USA)

University of Technical Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
Astronauts: Hank Hartsfield (USA), Alexander Poleshchuk (Russia), Ulrich Walter (Germany), Alexander Ivanchenkov (Russia), Alexander Lazutkin (Russia)

Multimedia University Malacca (MMU)
Astronauts: Elena Kondakova (Russia), Jon McBride (USA), Valeri Ryumin (Russia), Charlie Walker (USA), Jim Voss (USA), Karol "Bo" Bobko (USA)

Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
Astronauts: Chris Heidfield (Canada), Claude Nicollier (Switzerland), Anousheh Ansari (USA)

University of Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)
Astronauts: Soichi Noguchi (Japan), Dirk Frimout (Belgium), Bonnie Dunbar (USA), Bertalan Farkas (Hungary)

Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia (UNISZA)
Astronauts: Toyohiro Akiyama (Japan), Anatoli Berezovoi (Russia), Patrick Baudry (France), Yuri Gidzenko (Russia)

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
Astronauts: John Phillips (USA), Pavel Vinogradov (Russia), Gerhard Thiele (Germany), Sergei Avdeev (Russia), Oleg Kotov (Russia)

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Astronauts: Richard Garriott (USA), Owen Garriott (USA), Mario Runco (USA)

Hope to see you all there...