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Thursday, October 18

1st M'sian Angkasawan

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie bin Sheikh Mustaph was born on July 27, 1972 is a Malaysian medical doctor and is scheduled to be the first Malaysian to go into space when he is launched to the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-11 on October 10, 2007. He is flying as spaceflight participant under an agreement with Russia through the Angkasawan program, and will return to Earth with the Expedition 15 crew members Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov after nine days aboard the station.

Dr. Sheikh Muzaphar Shukor aka Dr. SMS
in Soyuz Capsule Rocket.

Dr. SMS in Rusiian Sokol Launch and entry space suit.

The Expedition 16 crew members.

Dr. SMS farewell at the steps of the Soyuz rocket

The Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at sunset Oct. 10, 2007 carrying a new crew bound for a docking to the International Space Station on Oct. 12

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