UAE to reveal 2 new astronauts in January

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UAE to reveal 2 new astronauts in January

 

DUBAI – After receiving more than 3,000 applications, the UAE will be revealing its two new astronauts in January, officials said.

The new astronauts will represent the UAE in its upcoming space missions, after the first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri.

According to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, one third of the applicants are women, with the average age of 28.

The deadline for applications is on March 31 but may be extended to May 1.

Applicants will undergo a medical checkup in June, followed by initial interviews from August to September, and a final interview in November.

Salem Al Marri, head of the UAE Astronaut Programme, said that the chosen two will follow in Al Mansouri’s footsteps.

“Those astronauts will conduct important scientific experiments and will provide new educational answers that will be necessary for the youth,” Al Marri said.

“A big number of applicants applied and that represents the passion among people to place our country on a high level,” he added.

In September last year, Al Mansouri flew to the International Space Station, becoming the first Emirati in outer space. ICA/Expat Media


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