The MRC congratulates you on your remarkable endeavour to be the first African
and South African to travel into space. The experiments that will be undertaken
in the space station are also a first for South African Science. This provides
an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing research programmes and to
the advancement of South African scientific research. The scientists leading the three
research programmes have national and international standing in the their research fields.
Tow of the project leaders are MRC-funded researchers. Prof. Tim Noakes is the Director
of the MRC Exercise Science and Sport Medicine Research Unit and Dr. Vaughan Oosthuizen's project also
receives MRC support.
In order to instil a national culture and a system of innovation in South Africa, we need
to substantially increase the number of highly trainied scientists, engineers
and technologists in our country. As a renowned entrepeneur yourself, your
mission will generate interest and curiosity, highlighting for the youth in South
Africa the limitless opportunities that Science, Engineering and Technology have
This mission into space is yet another signal that South Africa is truly becoming
part of the global village. We wish you and your team every success and eagerly
await the outcome of your space experiments.
Mr. Malegapuru Makgoba
President, the Medical Research Council