MALAYSIA’S FIRST AND ONLY SPACE TRAVELLER WAS, STRICTLY SPEAKING, A SPACE TOURIST. THE GOVERNMENT BOUGHT A TICKET FOR HIM TO TRAVEL INTO OUTER SPACE.
*He may be your hero but not one to many of us who knows the difference between an astronaut and a space tourist.
The Russians call their space travellers COSMONAUTS, universe travellers. The Americans call their ASTRONAUTS, star travellers.
The Chinese space travellers are known as TAIKONAUTS.
The term was coined on 19 May 1998 by Chiew Lee Yih (Mandarin:趙裡昱 (trad.) / 赵里昱 (simpl.) Zhào Lǐyù) from Malaysia, who used it first in newsgroups. Almost simultaneously, Chen Lan coined it for use in the Western media based on Mandarin (太空tàikōng), space. (Source: Mail & Guardian) This follows the pattern established by the terms astronaut and cosmonaut (which share the -naut suffix) for having different terms for space workers denoting country of origin.
(taikonaut – Wiktionary)
Malaysia calls her only space traveller an ASTRONAUT but he was no more than a glorified SPACE TOURIST. Of course, he is a hero to Malaysians, and you had better admit that he is our own heroic ASTRONAUT or be accused of lack of loyalty!
Here he is, Malaysia’s very own ASTRONAUT.
*Your hero? Not ours, and we won’t apologize for not jumping on the bandwagon.
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.
Malaysia for the first time sent an astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the ISS on the Soyuz TMA-11 rocket on Oct 10, 2007 in cooperation with Russia.
Teo Kok Seong (DAP-Rasah) said that Malaysia’s first astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor’s only contribution after he returned from space was to campaign for BN in the last polls.
Now, Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah hopes to send more space tourists into outer space by 2016!
He wants a second space tourist by 2016.
IT SEEMS THAT WE WILL PAY AGAIN FOR ANOTHER SPACE TOURIST!
Friday, 13 December 2013 10:06
Despite high debt & runaway prices, govt confirms green light to send SECOND ASTRONAUT to space
PUTRAJAYA – A mission to send the second astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) to carry out scientific research work will proceed, and the date will be announced later.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin said the second space mission would have the cooperation of Russia, Japan and several other countries.
“For now, the government is not in a hurry to carry out this second space mission.
“The ministry and its agency will organise awareness programmes on the real purpose of the mission and its implications, in terms of the development of science and technology,” he added.
The Sun daily
Heated exchange over second national astronaut programme
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 22, 2013): An opposition member of Parliament and Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohd Diah had a heated exchange over the National Astronaut Programme, at the Dewan Rakyat today.
It started when Teo Kok Seong (DAP-Rasah) said Abu Bakar had not answered his original question on the cost of the second National Astronaut programme.
Then he went on to claim that the first programme was a waste of tax-payers money and that Barisan Nasional had used the country’s first astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor as a campaign tool at the polls, at which point Abu Bakar became angry.
“I’ve answered the question, but he’s not listening. The second national astronaut programme is in the planning stage. It will take into consideration the views of various parties, including the public, scientists and non-governmental organisations. The cost will be determined later.
“As to his claims, I want to clarify until he’s clear. He doesn’t understand the mission and its results, I want to make him understand,” he said while responding to Teo’s enquiry on the latest development on the second programme.
PARLIAMENT The first National Space Programme is not “a waste” as claimed by critics, but is important for further scientific finding, the government has said.
On the defensive, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovations Minister Abu Bakar Mohd Diah said, however, that this fact is lost on those who cannot understand such technical matters.
He was referring to Teo Kok Seong (DAP-Rasah) who said that Malaysia’s first astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor’s only contribution after he returned from space was to campaign for BN in the last polls.
The benefits of the first space mission include eight patents, 24 journal articles and human capital development involving 99 Malaysians who contributed to the programme.He added that experiments conducted while in space included micro-gravity and life support technology and crystallisation of enzymes and proteins.
Free Malaysia Today
Second astronaut by 2016
Malaysia is studying options to send two of its astronauts to the International Space Station by 2016.
MELAKA: Malaysia is expected to send its second batch of astronauts to carry out numerous research work on the International Space Station (ISS) by 2016.
Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah said the agencies under the ministry were working with numerous parties on the mission and direction of the programme.
“We are now studying various matters including sending two astronauts and on carrying out experiments that will benefit the nation on the ISS.