Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor is an orthopedic surgeon, well-known as the first Malaysian going into space. Under an agreement with Russia through the Angkasawan program, he flew into the outside of the earth by aboard Soyuz TMA-11 on 10 October 2007. After 11 days in space, he boarded Soyuz TMA-10 for his return to the earth on October 21, 2007. He currently works at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
He entered high school at Maktab Rendah Sains MARA in Muar before graduating from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree. After that, he became an orthopaedic surgeon at Hospital Seremban Kuala Lumpur General Hospital and Hospital Selayang in 1998, 1998 and 2000 respectively.
Little was known about his personal life.