First Malaysian shall be in space on Oct 10, 2007


The Angkasawan Programme is the Malaysian national programme to send the first Malaysian to space. The Angkasawan will carry out scientific researches on board the space station. I am as Malaysian am very proud with the courage shown by these two young guys, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Dr. Faiz Bin Khaleed. (Read their profile here: Meet The Angkasawan)

These 2 being selected after going through various test from thousand of candidates. The final selection process are as follows:

Event 1
3.5 km run in 20 minutes
27th August & 3rd September 2005
435 took part, 199 qualified

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Event 2
Basic Medical Examination based on NASA Program Criteria (including eye examination and urine testing)
27th August & 3rd September 2005
194 were tested, 59 passed

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Event 3
Aeromedical 1 (including blood, nose & ear, X-ray, heart (ECG) test)
25th & 30th September 2005
59 were tested, 27 passed

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Event 4
Aeromedical 2 (including bone, air passage and centrifuge test)
16th & 21st January 2006
27 were tested, 18 passed

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Event 5
Overall assessment based on performance in Events 1 & 4 and psychiatric, psychology, land and sea survival and technical competence.
16th 24th January 2006
10 were tested, 8 passed

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Event 6
Medical Examination (including CT Scan, endoscopy and blood analysis)
25th & 26th January 2006
10 were tested, 8 passed

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Event 7
Overall assessment based on performance in all the events covering all aspect in communication expertise, character, forwardness and determination.
February 2006, 8 were assessed, 4 will be sent to Moscow for further medical examination.

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Event 8
Medical examination in Russia including neurology (brain) and body adaptation in microgravity environment).
March 2006, 4 tested, 2 selected for training.

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Event 9
Training in Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Centre, Russia.
September 2006-October 2007

1 will be selected to fly to the International Space Station. The other will act as his back up

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Event 10
October 2007
Blast off!

Read more about this program here:

Source: http://www.angkasawan.com.my/

View the historical event live here on Oct 10, 2007 between 9:00pm to 10:00 +8:00 (Malaysian time) or on Astro Channel 588

Astronomers See Second Earth in the Making


Astronomers See Second Earth in the Making
By Ker Than
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Astronomers have spotted evidence of a second Earth being built around a distant star 424 light-years away.

Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have spotted a huge belt of warm dust swirling around a young star called HD 113766 that is just slightly larger than our sun. The dust belt, which scientists suspect is clumping together to form planets, is located in the middle of the star system’s terrestrial habitable zone where temperatures are moderate enough to sustain liquid water. Scientists estimate there is enough material in the belt to form a Mars-sized world or larger.

At approximately 10 million years old, the star is just the right age for forming rocky planets, the researchers say. Their finding will be detailed in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal.

“The timing for this system to be building an Earth is very good,” said study team member Carey Lisse of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Baltimore, Md.

If the star system were too young, the planet-forming disk would be full of gas, and it would be making gas-giant planets like Jupiter instead. If it were too old, Spitzer would have spotted rocky planets that had long ago formed.

The star system also has the right mix of dusty materials in its disk to form an Earth-like planet, Lisse said.

Using Spitzer’s infrared spectrometer instrument, the team determined that the material around HD 113766 is more processed than the snowball-like stuff that makes up infant solar systems and comets, which are considered cosmic “refrigerators” because they contain pristine ingredients from the solar system’s formative period. But it is also not as processed as the stuff found in mature planets and asteroids.

“The material mix in this belt is most reminiscent of the stuff found in lava flows on Earth,” Lisse said. “I thought of Mauna Kea [in Hawaii] material when I first saw the dust composition in this system – it contains raw rock and it’s abundant in iron sulfides, which are similar to fool’s gold.”

Earlier this year, scientists announced they had found evidence for one, and possibly two, already formed Earth-like planets around Gliese 581, a dim red star located only 20.5 light-years away. The possible planets, called Gliese 581c and Gliese 581d, are located at about the right distance from their star to support liquid water and life as we know it, but many more observations are needed to confirm this.

To date, planet hunters have discovered more than 250 extrasolar planets, or “exoplanets.” Most of the distant worlds, however, are giant gas planets several times the size of Jupiter.

While life is known to exist only on our planet, the range of exoplanet types found so far has astronomers increasingly confident that many worlds in our galaxy could be habitable. Finding Earth-like worlds in habitable zones is a first step toward the technically challenging task of discovering biology outside our solar system.

Source: http://www.space.com/

So, does this mean, we human being have a new place to stay ? ? ?

Life is changing with U Mobile


Mobile speech and data communications have become part of everyday life in all parts of the world. However, the provision of more sophisticated ‘tele-presence’ services requires a further quantum leap in research if we are to move forward from mobile phone technology. The Communications Group plays a key role in researching and advancing the necessary enabling technologies to facilitate this quantum leap, including the physical network and service layers, as well as their joint optimisation.

Long-term research in the group focuses on communications and information theory. It provides ideas for more short-term, applied research, while directly appealing to industrial partners across the globe.

Mobile Multimedia refers to the multimedia information exchange over wireless networks or wireless Internet. The popularity and evolution of mobile computing devices, together with fast, affordable mobile networks, have made it possible to increase the range and complexity of mobile multimedia applications and services provided to end-users of these kinds of equipments. In the core of this revolution is the astonishing growth in the number, types, novelty, and complexity of mobile multimedia applications and services.

See how Mobile Multimedia has change a company on how they build their website and also marketing their product in the most effective and catchy way. Technology does change things nowadays. See this example with U Mobile.

Note: U Mobile is newest cellular service provider in Malaysia.

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