UAE: First astronaut going into space in September

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Mon, 2019-02-25 08:52

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has announced the date the first
astronaut from the Gulf Arab nation will go into space.
The UAE said on Monday it will send either Hazza Al-Mansoori or
Sultan Al-Nayadi to the International Space Station on September 25
aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket.

٢٥ سبتمبر ٢٠١٩ …
وموعد إماراتي مع معانقة الفضاء في
رحلة تاريخية لمحطة الفضاء
الدولية.
مصدر الفيديو: @SamadubaiTV
pic.twitter.com/li0teh9m2f

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice)
February 25, 2019

Organizers had said they’d announce the astronaut who’s going
but instead gave just the launch date. Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had already announced the
astronauts’ names last September.
The UAE has a fledgling space program with big ambitions. It
launched its first locally made satellite, KhalifaSat, in October
from Japan. It wants to launch a probe to Mars in 2020.
The UAE also says it wants to colonize Mars by 2117, with a fully
functioning city of 600,000.

.@MBRSpaceCentre:
The first #UAE
astronaut to venture to the International Space Station on the
Russian Soyuz mission this year will be taking part in scientific
research. pic.twitter.com/muNqgT8wNK

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice)
February 25, 2019

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UAE: First astronaut going into space in September