Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Melayu Boleh!


Kak Ngah (my cousin in Muar) told me today about the 2 Malaysians angkasawan (astronauts) in training in Moscow. Despite my current l'état de chagrin, I googled their stories...

In a nutshell, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (Шейх Мусзафар Шукор), an orthopaedic doctor, and Faiz Khaleed (Фаиз бин-Халид), an army dentist are currently in NASA for further training after their current stint in Russia ended. The Malaysian government had yet to pick either one as the final candidate to blast off into space on the Russian Soyuz TMA-11 and visit the International Space Station in October 2007...
http://www.angkasawan.com.my/index.html
http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/content/numbers/286/21.shtml

Remember Robert Browning who said "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"
Sheikh & Faiz, Reach for the Stars! Melayu Boleh!

ps: While you're tracing your way through the constellation, pls bring back drops of Jupiter for this old soul...


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