The Malaysian Government is planning to sent another astronaut to the International Space Station by the end of 2016 to conduct scientific research.
The first time a Malaysian was sent to space was back in 2007. Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor spent almost 11 days in the International Space Station.
The science, technology and innovation ministry will submit a proposal to the government, says Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah.
“We need to justify what the second programme is, based on the success of the first astronaut programme. So, it means that the mission should be different.
“We have to gather information and new proposals can be sent in, because this second mission is fully funded by the Malaysian Government and not offset by the Russian Government as was the case in the previous mission,” he said.
Abu Bakar said the second mission should be more complex than the first, and meaningful to the development of science and technology in the country.
Meanwhile, Abu Bakar said today’s programme was one of the approaches to promote science development in the country.
“Space exploration is important for science in the future, and this is part of the success we have achieved,” he noted.