Friday, November 7, 2008

Malaysia Space FDC

Malaysia FDC
Name: National Angkasawan Programme
Date of Issue: 21 October 2008

National Space Agency (ANGKASA), Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovations have been given the responsibility of commissioning the process of selecting the national astronaut (Angkasawan Negara). This process reached its peak when two out of the four final candidates was chosen and announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia before they go through the Astronaut Training Program for 18 months in Russia.

The Malaysian people and the country has benefited from this program mainly in the fields of science and technology. This includes Space Medicine, Aviation Medicine, Life Science, Environmental Science, and Physics were scientists are able to involve themselves to create and design experiments that could be carried out in a unique environment. These researchers will benefit selected industries such as in the medical and Aerospace Industries while working towards achieving a scientific society.

This is a pioneer program for this country to cater the next generation into exploring new technologies that is capable of bringing into existence, another advantage for Malaysia to compete in the global arena.

Soyuz TMA-11
Soyuz TMA Rocket was brought first Malaysian Angkasawan to the International Space Station on 10 October 2007.

50sen: Experimental Science of Microgravity
One of the objectives of the National Angkasawan Programmed is to send Malaysian Angkasawan to ISS and conduct beneficial activities to the country and its people especially in science and technology development for now and in the future. The major activity of national angkasawan in the ISS involves conducting microgravity science research. Some of the experiments that were conducted are regarding cell in space, microbe in space and protein in space.

50sen: International Space Station (ISS)
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest international scientific project ever produced. It's an outcome of collaboration between countries such as the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and other eleven European countries. This station is generated by solar power which will produce 110 kilowatts of power once it is equipped. Laboratory and habitation modules will support a permanent international crew of seven astronauts. ISS will act as a platform for Earth and space observation and the experiments conducted on board will help produce new materials and pharmaceutical products, which can only be carried out in a microgravity condition.

Comment: "Angkasawan", this is a word for Malaysian astronaut. How about "taikonaut" and "cosmonaut"? Do you know?

2008 Malaysia National Angkasawan Programme FDC
2008 Malaysia National Angkasawan Programme Minisheet FDC

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