UAE Just Announced the Names of the First Two Arab Astronauts Going to the International Space Station

By Salma Maher

On Monday, the 3rd of September, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the names of two Emirati astronauts to be sent to the international space station.


Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Niadi were chosen from 4,022 applicants after successfully passing six stages of medical, psychological and advanced tests and a series of personal interviews in cooperation with NASA. In addition to going through advanced medical tests at the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos.

This means that these two Emiratis will be the first Arab astronauts to go to the habitable satellite hovering above Earth. However, the date of the mission is yet to be announced.

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