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Astrophysicist Mazlan Othman wanted to go into space

17 August 2012 Last updated at 08:46 BST

The astrophysicist Professor Mazlan Othman headed the Malaysian National Space Agency, where her work led to the launch of the first Malaysian astronaut. She has devoted her life to space projects both nationally and internationally.

But she tells Mishal Hussain she regrets not having had the chance to go into space herself.

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