2nd & 3rd September 2008. Agensi Angkasa Negara (ANGKASA) organized a workshop on Microgravity Sciences held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC). The event was officiated by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili.
Prof. Datuk Dr. Mazlan delivered the key note address titled ‘Highlighting the Achievement of Science Microgravity Programme’. She explained about the procedures and challenges ANGKASA encountered during the Angkasawan programme. The experiences learned on our space experiments were invaluable for our nation and local scientists.
Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor then gave a presentation about his time in space conducting microgravity scientific experiments aboard the International Space Station (ISS). It was a spirited talk by him urging the government to continue our pursuit in the field of aerospace and science.
The objective of the two-day workshop, which gathered 150 local and foreign participants, including 20 who presented research papers, was to study and discuss the experiments carried out by Dr Sheikh Muszaphar.
I had a great time at the convention and learned a lot about the progress and status of our space experiments and the effects of microgravity on scientific experiments in general. I would like to wish all Muslims ‘Selamat Berpuasa’ and may you have great Ramadhan this year.
Mohammed Faiz bin Kamaludin