Happy Angkasawan Day!

TODAY MARKS THE 6th anniversary of Malaysia’s first astronaut Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor in space.

I first wrote about Angkasawan Day!(link) a year ago.

This date has not been officially declared as “Angkasawan Day” but in view of its historical significance to our nation, it just might one day in the near future 🙂 (just as Russia has Cosmonautics Day on 12 April to commemorate Yuri Gagarin’s first ever manned flight to space in 1961.)

Dr. Sheikh appeared on the front page of The Moscow Times (22 October 2007) after his successful return to Earth on 21 October 2007, a copy which he personally autographed when he dropped by our home on 9 November 2007.

Dr. Sheikh appeared on the front page of The Moscow Times (22 October 2007) after his successful return to Earth on 21 October 2007, a copy which he personally autographed when he dropped by our home on 9 November 2007.

Dr. Sheikh at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Cosmonauts at Star City, Moscow on 8 November 2007; a huge picture of Yuri Gagarin hangs as the backdrop.

Dr. Sheikh at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Cosmonauts at Star City, Moscow on 8 November 2007; a huge picture of Yuri Gagarin hangs as the backdrop.

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