UAE: Meet The Arab World's First Woman Astronaut

  • Publish date: Saturday، 10 April 2021
UAE: Meet The Arab World's First Woman Astronaut

On Thursday, Hazza Al Mansouri, UAE’s first astronaut, said he’s thrilled for two new Emirati astronaut to join him, Today, the UAE announced the selections of the two new Emiratis to be part of its astronaut corps, including the Arab world’s first female astronaut.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced on Saturday that Noura Al Matroushi was selected to be part of the country's astronaut corps as well as Mohammed Al Mulla.

"We announce today... two new Emirati astronauts ... among them the first Arab (woman) astronaut Noura Al Matrooshi and Mohammed Al Mulla," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

" They have been chosen from among more than 4,000 applicants and their training will soon begin with the NASA astronaut programme. We congratulate the country. We count on them to raise the name of the UAE in the sky."

They were chosen from an impressive 4,305 Emiratis who applied, including 1,400 female applicants.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and Nasa has signed an agreement to train four Emirati astronauts.

The two new astronauts will begin their training once the new class begins end of this year. However, Maj Al Mansouri and Mr Al Neyadi have already completed six months of training under Nasa’s Astronaut Candidate Training Programme.

Once the two new members complete the program, all of four them would be qualified for Nasa-led space missions.

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