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Friday, October 19, 2007
Malaysia Bolehnaut, aka Angkasawan aka Astro-naut, aka Cosmonaut aka Naut Naut
Biggest Challenge and 5 Interesting Experiments


Many of you must have heard or known of our 1st Malaysian in Space. The Ortho surgeon, part-time model and part-restaurant owner and food critic and one-soon-to-be named Datuk/Dato Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha started off by being called by many as Malaysia Bolehnaut and now is also variously called an astro-naut, astro-scientist, cosmo-naut, angkasawan, SFPA (space flight participant/attendent or even by many as a naut-naut. Lets not get involved in the controversies. You can check out these controversies in sites like Malaysiakini, Bernama, and many of the mainstream print media and blogs. Lets also not be involved in the controversies of the astro-nomical cost of RM 90,000,000 needed to obtained Malaysia's Bolehnaut.

Lets instead talk of what our Bolehnaut-naut has achieved so far ::

1. 1st Bolehnaut to be congratulated by the Agong and Queen
2. 1st Bolehnaut to be congratulated by TDM
3. 1st Bolehnaut Goes Into Space, Nation Sets History
4. 1st Bolehnaut To Spur Country To Greater Heights
5. 1st Bolehnaut Indulges In Noble Cause
6. 1st Bolehnaut Is An Astronaut, Says Former NASA Spaceman
7. 1st Bolehnaut Causes A National Standstill Moments Before Launch
8. 1st Bolehnaut Leaves Three Letters For Parents
9. 1st Bolehnaut A National Idol
10.1st Bolehnaut Makes Business Partner Proud
11.1st Bolehnaut Stories Appear in S'pore Media
12.1st Bolehnaut Stories appear on BBC News
13.1st Bolehnaut Stories played down by Indonesian Press
14.1st Bolehnaut To Be Greeted By Najib On His Return From Space
15.1st Bolehnaut Docks with ISS
16.1st Bolehnaut Celebrates Raya in Space
17.1st Bolehnaut programme, the gomen will carry out a post-mortem
18.1st Bolehnaut faces Teleconference Hitch
19.1st Bolehnaut :: "The Longest Eight Minutes Of My Life"
20.1st Bolehnaut Entitled To Be Called A Scientist
21.1st Bolehnaut Gets to Speak to PM
22.1st Bolehnaut Helps In Research For Other Countries
23.1st Bolehnaut Prepares for Return to Earth
24.1st Bolehnaut to be Commissioned as Cosmonaut on his return

With more than 20 achievements already under his belt, our Bolehnaut achieved even more today. Today he extended his achievements by carrying some very interesting experiments and revealing to us his biggest challenge in space.

1st the biggest challenge. Our 1st Bolehnaut revealed that his biggest challenge in space at the ISS was sleeping in the same place like people would do on earth.

His interesting experiments are listed below ::

01. The first was the spinning of the Malaysian traditional game gasing (top), where he attached a string to a 95-gramme top made of aluminium and let it spin in mid-air in horizontal and vertical positions for less than a minute.

02. The second experiment, our Bolehnaut pressed a pack containing strawberry juice which came out within seconds in a jelly-like substance floating in mid-air.
He later used a spoon to scoop the floating jelly and put it into his mouth.

03. The third experiment involved the mixing of oil and water in a square-shaped crystal box with the substances mixing well in microgravity condition. In normal situation oil floats on top of water.

04.In his fourth experiment our Bolehnaut showed the audience on earth how a yo-yo would swing in microgravity condition.
Under normal circumstances, a yo-yo goes up and down when in play but in a microgravity condition, the yo-yo goes up, down and to the front as well.

05. In the last experiment, our Bolehnaut showed the differences in velocity of three balls of different sizes, travelling in microgravity.
The balls appeared to have moved in slow motion during the experiment.

Our 1st Bolehnaut is scheduled to return to Earth on Oct 21 with two Russians astronauts, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov. We can be sure that he will achieve even more before returning and even when he is back on good old Earth. Stay tuned. We deserve our RM90,000,000 worth.

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