Malaysia mulls offer to send second man into space

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The Malaysian government will carry out a thorough study before deciding on the offer by the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, to send Malaysia’s second astronaut into space by end of 2010 or early 2011. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the study would be made after the government had received detailed information on the offer. “We have to consider carefully before we make a final decision,” he said at a media conference before concluding his two-day visit to Perak yesterday.

He said it was important for the government to know the terms contained in the offer including the cost. “I’m not aware of any detail behind that offer. It’s important that we find out if there are other conditions and details that we need to scrutinize,” he said when asked on the offer and the cost to be borne by the government. Roscosmos made the offer following the success of Malaysia’s first space mission by Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had earlier said that Roscosmos gave Malaysia up to the end of 2009 to confirm Malaysia’s participation in subsequent space missions, Bernama reported.

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