Friday, August 26, 2005

Astronaut Runs begin Saturday

Malaysia's own astronauts. Yay!

The Star

PETALING JAYA: Lee Chow Ho could not contain his joy after being short-listed as one of Malaysia's astronaut hopefuls.

“I am seizing the chance. And I am in it for the whole experience. It does not matter whether I get to go into space,” said the 23-year old quality engineer yesterday.

He is among the 894 people vying to be the first Malaysian sent into space, in 2007. Over the coming two Saturdays, they will have to run 3.5km in under 20 minutes to qualify for the next hurdle in the selection process.

Those who pass the test will then be put through stringent medical and aero-physiological tests, and psychological profiling by Serdang Hospital and the Institute of Aviation Medicine here, to pick the final five to 10 people for more tests in Russia.

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