KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's first angkasawan Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor managed to speak by radio link to some 20 students in the National Planetarium here early this morning after the attempt to set up a video link between the International Space Station (ISS) and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Putrajaya failed last night.
National Space Agency director-general Datuk Mazlan Othman and the students from SM Vivekananda Brickfields chatted with Dr Sheikh Muszaphar via a radio link from the planetarium’s satellite ground station.
“I needed some time to adapt at the ISS and now I am very comfortable,” he said, adding that he had satay, rendang and nasi beryiani in space for Hari Raya as planned.
He also said the first 38 seconds of his space journey were the most stressful moments for him and that he could not see any planet but Earth.
The students took turns to ask Dr Sheikh questions for 10 minutes when they managed to get connected at 1.17am today.
The station at the planetarium had been given permission by the Amateur Radio International Space Station and the Communication and Multimedia Malaysia Commission to contact him through radio frequency.
Live communication sessions will also be held with SK Bukit Damansara students in Kuala Lumpur (Oct 17, 12.28am), Sekolah Sri Bestari in Petaling Jaya (Oct 18, 11.39pm) and SMK Kiaramas in Persiaran Duta Emas (Oct 20, 10.50pm).