November 15, 2006

Malaysian astronauts to be outer space clown entertainer

Our astronauts are going to be clown entertainer at outer space.

Can somebody tell me what is the scientific significant of doing all these?
Oh Please give me a good answer! Anyone?!

Malaysia BOLEH!?

M'sian Astronauts To Spin Top, Toss "Batu Seremban" In Space

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian pioneer astronaut will spin top and toss "batu seremban" (five stones game) as part of an experiment during his space travel.

"The astronaut will also paint a batik motif and make 'teh tarik' (brewed tea) which would be shared with his fellow astronauts," said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim said.

Rohani who was representing the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, was responding to a supplementary question by Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan) at Dewan Rakyat, here Wednesday.

("Batu seremban" is played by throwing one stone and sweeping another on the floor and then simultaneously catching the one thrown earlier.)

On Marcus's original question, Rohani said a lot of scientists had forwarded their research proposal in space to the astronaut.

"The main objective of sending an astronaut into orbit is to carry out scientific experiments under microgravity - a situation alien to the earth. As such the National Aerospace Agency opened doors to our scientists to show their mettle and capabilities through the National Astronauts Programme," said Rohani.

She said the outcome of the experiments will be studied on earth with the hope that it would unravel the mysteries in science, education and medicines.

"In conclusion, the National Astronaut Programme is not only aimed at despatching an astronaut into space but it would be a continuous affair as it will benefit the people," he said.

He said the programme was not borne by the Treasury but instead it was derived by offsetting the purchase of Sukhoi jet fighters from Russia by the Defence Ministry.

Two Malaysian astronaut candidates Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Capt Dr Faiz Khaleed are now undergoing rigorous 12-month training at Star City, Moscow where eventually one of them will be selected as the pioneer Malaysian astronaut who will lift off from the International Space Station.

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Daniel Franklin Gomez said...

Bloody embarrassing. Might as well send Mat Rempits up to space with their vroom vrooms. On second thought, better not, else the hole in the ozone will get bigger! :-)