Sunday, November 11, 2007

the cosmonaut

Juliet said this at the balcony :

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet".

seriously, i've never read any of shakespeare's plays, not even the abridged versions, but i am suitably impressed with some of his more famous quotes. this particular excerpt is self-explanatory. the converse would mean that, if it were not a rose, calling it one would be meaningless as the sweet fragrance is decidedly absent.

the americans call them astronauts. the russians called theirs cosmonauts. if this report is true (read here) , then our erstwhile angkasawan Dr Sheikh is now a full-fledged trained cosmonaut.

sure, as a malaysian, i should be proud that one of ours has finally achieved this sought-after qualification awarded by the Russian National Space Agency, no less! (in chess parlance, the russians would called him Grandmaster).

sure, we as a nation have arrived in the guise of a space-exploring power & are pushing into the frontiers of the galaxies beyond.

i'm really not into the intricate financial & technology-transfer aspects of our space programme but.....err... before the red carpet is rolled out & ticker-tape parade starts, can i just ask one question?

if you were going to space, would you want cosmonaut Dr Sheikh to pilot your shuttle?


iml said...

The funds should have been put to more urgent use on the nation's current social situation instead of an 'endorsement'

doc said...


how very true!

i read a commentary somewhere that the same amount of fund could have sent 150 students to russia to be trained as doctors.

so, is 1 cosmonaut worth 150 doctors?? i think you don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out!!

Alex Tang said...

eh, no. May I have another pilot please

doc said...


me, too, & preferably someone who knows where the levers & dials are!