Malaysian astronaut wants to build aerospace research centre

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's first astronaut wants to build an aerospace research centre in Negeri Sembilan. Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha said he has found a 20-acre land in the state, not far from Sepang in Selangor, and is currently in the process of meeting potential investors.

He planned to start the project in 2012 or 2013 and hoped the government would be keen on the centre. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar was speaking to reporters after the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, launched his book, 'Journey To Space: A Memoir of Malaysia's First Angkasawan', and a DVD entitled 'Angkasawan Inspirasiku'
hereon March 4.

On the proposed centre, the astronaut said a number of activities aimed at students, would be held there. "I also want to set up 'outer space' camps where students and children could come and stay there for three to four days, and learn everything about astronomy and the stars, all under one roof," he said.- Bernama
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