Thursday, March 16, 2006

First Malaysian astronaut could be an Indian lady

Malaysia has narrowed down its astronaut search to four candidates. One of them is a 35 year old Indian female engineer. From Space.com:
S. Vanajah, 35, and three Malay men will be sent to the Russian Space Agency in Moscow soon to undergo medical and technical tests that will determine who will take part in a scientific expedition on board the orbital station in 2007.

The other finalists are Malaysia Airlines pilot Mohammed Faiz Kamaluddin, 34; army dentist Faiz Khaleed, 26; and Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a 34-year-old hospital medical officer, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak announced.
Only one of them will get a chance to fly to space and live onboard the International Space Station for 10 days. I bet the pilot will get the nod.

3 comments:

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

What? They should send Mahathir straight up. That would have done the world some good.

mr black said...

The first Malaysian in Space will surely be a bumiputera and someone with flying experience will be ideal.

Alvin said...

Chuang Shyue Chou: Hehe. He may not last the space ride.

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