KUALA LUMPUR: The National Space Agency (NSA) expects to select potential cosmonauts for the National Astronaut Programme by the end of the year.
NSA director-general Prof Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman said more than 7,000 applications were received when it invited candidates to apply to become Angkasawan Malaysia last year.
This number has since been narrowed down to 3,000.
Ten applicants will be short-listed and two would eventually be chosen by the steering committee.
The deciding factor that would help candidates stand out is their ability to work with others, Dr Mazlan said when launching the Petrosains Career Carnival 2004, themed “Explore Rewarding Careers in Science and Technology,” at the Suria KLCC here yesterday.
The cosmonauts will undergo 18 months of intensive training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, about 30km from Moscow.
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