Angkasawan Sheikh Muszaphar, who is the country’s first man to land on the space, is to be conferred Datukship by the ruler of the Negeri Sembilan State this weekend.
Sheikh Muszaphar will be honored with the Darjah Setia Negeri Sembilan (DSNS) by the Yang Di-Pertuan Besar, Tuanku Ja’afar, in conjunction with his 86th birthday.
On top of being Malaysia’s first astronaut, the 36-year old chap also holds a high profile job as an orthopaedic surgeon in the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, HUKM.
Muszaphar also recently published a book, Reaching for The Stars, initiated by his late brother, Sheikh Mustapha Shukor, who died a few days after Muszaphar landed back on earth. He published the book as a tribute to his late brother.
Muszaphar were launched to the space, together with a number of crew, in October 2007, spending about 10 days in space conducting a number of experiments which include the study of microgravity effects and protein crystallization. He landed safely via a Soyuz capsule in the Kazakhstan ocean with 2 other Russian astronauts.