Sunday, October 26, 2008

National Angkasawan Programme Stamp

National Space Agency (ANGKASA), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations has been given the responsibility of commissioning the process of selecting the national astronaut (Angkasawan Negara). The process reached its peak when two out of the four final candidates was chosen and announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia before they go through the Astronaut Training Program for 18 months in Russia.

The Malaysian people and the country has benefited from this program mainly in the fields of science and technology. This include Space Medicine, Aviation Medicine, Life Science, Environmental Science and Physics where scientists are able to involve themselves to create and design experiments that could be carried out in a unique enviroment. These researchers will benefit selected industries such as in the medical and Aerospace Industries while working towards achieving a scientific society.

This is a pioneer program for this country to cater the next generation into exploring new technologies that is capable of bringing into existence another advantage for Malaysia to compete in the global arena.

30 sen - Soyuz TMA-11
Rocket brought first Malaysian Spaceman to the International Space Station on 10th October 2007.

50 sen - Micro-gravity Science Experiment
One of the objectives of the National Space Program is to send Malaysian Spaceman to ISS and conduct beneficial activities to the country and its people especially in science and technology development for both the present and in the future. The major activity in the International Space Station involves conducting microgravity science research. Some of the experiments that were conducted are regarding cells, microbes and protein in space.

50 sen - International Space Station (ISS)
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest International scientific project ever produced. It's an outcome of collaboration between countries such as the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and other eleven European countries. The station is generated by solar power which will produce 110 kilowatts of power once it is equipped. Laboratory and habitation modules will support a permanent international crew of seven astronauts. ISS will act as a platform for Earth and space observation and the experiments conducted on board will help produce new materials and pharmaceutical products. which can only be carried out in a microgravity environment.

Miniature Sheet RM2 - Liftoff
Malaysian Spaceman, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Syukor Al-Masrie was lauched to space at 9.21 p.m. (Malaysian Time) on 10th October 2207 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on board the Soyuz TMA-11 rocket. This marks a significant milestone in Malaysia's history where for the first time ever, a Malaysian was successfully able to go to outer space and this is indeed a catalyst for future space exploration projects.

Technical Details

Date of Issue : 21st October 2008

Stamp Value : 30 sen, 50 sen (2 designs)

Sheet Content : 20 Stamps

First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen

Perforation : 14

Paper : Watermarked SPM, Phosphor Coated

Printing Process : Lithography

Printer : Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn. Bhd.

Designer : Hazel Design Sdn. Bhd.


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