I was just reading last month’s copy of E&T magazine about space exploration, when I noticed that Malaysia was listed amongst the 50-odd nations and regions with astronaut programmes. I guess that our angkasawan programme is a recognised one, regardless of whether he was just tagging along for the ride or otherwise.
While there are few outside of the US, Russia, EU and China who are able to send their own man into space using their own rockets, these other nations usually buy a seat on one of the rockets from the US or Russia. There are many reasons to do this and national pride is one of them.
On a personal capacity, I am also trying to stick my finger into the space-age pie. I will blog more about this later, if things come to fruition.