Sebut sahaja nama Dato’ Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor pasti semua rakyat Malaysia mengenali nama berkenaan memandangkan beliau adalah angkasawan pertama negara. Oktober mempunyai makna tersendiri buat Sheikh Muszaphar kerana pada tarikh 10 Oktober 2007, beliau bersama 2 lagi angkasawan dari negara Amerika Syarikat dan Rusia berlepas ke angkasa.

Setelah 11 tahun berlalu, beliau berbesar hati untuk berkongsi gambar dan video throwback beberapa detik istimewa yang belum pernah didedahkannya kepada umum sebelum ini. Beliau berjanji untuk berkongsi lebih banyak perkara mengenai solat, makanan, eksperimen, Al-Quran di angkasa dan banyak lagi sepanjang minggu ini.

Sheikh Muszaphar memuat naik video yang menunjukkan beliau sedang menjalani latihan Centrifuge. Menurut penjelasan beliau, latihan tersebut adalah sebahagian daripada simulasi situasi roket berlepas dan mendarat. Latihan tersebut telah cuba dilepasi oleh 11,425 calon yang lain sehingga menjadi 4 orang sahaja yang berjaya ke StarCity untuk menjalani latihan selama sebulan sebelum akhirnya hanya 2 orang sahaja yang terpilih.

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Video – Centrifuge training . Out of 11,425 candidates , the Final Four selected had to go to StarCity for a month training before only two will be chosen . This is the mini-centrifuge where it spins you upto 9G loads – imagine 9 times your body weight pressing on your chest and you just cannot breathe . You tend to lose consciousness because the blood does not flow to your brain during those times . Haha – Best feeling ever . The trick is to strain every 3 seconds so that your calve muscles squeeze and pump the blood to the brain … This scenario occurs during takeoff and landing of the Soyuz rocket . I experienced 12G’s during my Emergency landing back then . I know all astronauts dread to be in the centrifuge me included . It’s not a great feeling to be in the centrifuge but we don’t have a choice …. Love As Always . PS – The Russians do have the biggest Centrifuge in the world in StarCity which we tried at the later stage . PSS – Spasibo = TQ

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Selain itu beliau juga memuat naik satu gambar yang menunjukkan Al-Quran yang dibawanya terapung dalam kapal angkasa Soyuz TMA-11. Baginya, Al-Quran tersebut sangat bermakna buatnya memandangkan ianya adalah pemberian daripada ibu tersayang. Beliau sempat mengucapkan rasa syukur dengan sokongan yang tidak berbelah bagi daripada kedua ibu bapanya.

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Pic – AlQuran in space . I brought along 2 AlQuran during my journey to space . One was given by my mom who was worried of my safety and reminded me to read the Quran onboard the ISS . My mom has always been worried of me the day I joined the Angkasawan Programme . She actually lost 10kg during my 11 day stay in space . My late father – AlFatihah to him has always believed I would be the one chosen right from the very beginning but was in shocked after seeing my launch in Baikonaur . MasyaAllah – The sacrifices of both my parents were unbelievable which gave me the strength to face the challenges on setting foot in space . And surely they are everything to me… Good Morning Everyone . PS – The AlQuran will always be in my safekeeping reminding me of every step to become an Astronaut . Love As Always …

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Semalam beliau memuat naik satu lagi video menunjukkan latihan berskala besar oleh calon-calon angkasawan dalam persekitaran yang sejuk bersuhu hampir -20°C.

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Video – Winter survival training . One of our biggest training is winter survival . We were at approximately 200 km from StarCity in the forest and the temperature was close to -20 degrees freezingly cold . The three-of-us crew were left in the tiny Soyuz with our spacesuit on and we had 3 days to do whatever it takes to survive . I remembered chopping down woods every 3 hours just to keep warm . One of our crew ‘fractured’ his leg and we had to carry him for a few kilometres before a helicopter rescued us . We were observed by psychologists through our communication radio at all times . This survival is important in case the Soyuz undergo emergency landing into the sea , snow , mountains etc and the need to survive before the rescue team are able to reach us . Overall it was total exhaustion and I lost 3 kg during those stint . Definitely a good way to lose weight . Just sharing … Good Night Everyone …

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Gambar terkini yang dimuat naik menunjukkan beliau membawa logo Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) bersama-sama beliau ke angkasa dan menjelaskan keadaan badan setelah 3 hari berada di angkasa. Menurutnya, wajah beliau kelihatan agak melebar disebabkan tekanan udara yang menyebabkan darah mengalir ke bahagian atas badan menyebabkan perkara tersebut terjadi.

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Pic – UKM in space . In space all the blood from your legs will gush up into your face – which is known as the “ moon face “ – flush , congested , rounded … After being 3 days in space your muscles start to shrink in size , your bones become osteoporotic . Many physiological changes start to occur on your body . One day in space is equivalent to 5 times Chest X-Ray due to the exposure of radiation . Hence the reason you need to be fit physically , mentally & psychologically . It’s very rare for astronauts to get sick since the Russian doctors really take good care of us . Even a flu before a launch will disallowed you from going to space … Good Morning Everyone … Just sharing . PS – UKM is probably the 1st University to ever been to space . How amazing is that ? 😘 Hebat UKM ….

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Teruskan mengikuti laman Instagram Sheikh Muszaphar kerana banyak lagi momen beliau di angkasa yang akan dikongsikan sepanjang minggu ini.

Buat anda yang berkeinginan untuk menjadi angkasawan, ini adalah antara latihan intensif yang anda perlu lalui sebelum bergelar seorang angkasawan. Anda sanggup?

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