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The United Arab Emirates To Send An Astronaut on A 6 Month Mission To A Space Station

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Officials announced Friday that the United Arab Emirates(UAE) has purchased a ticket on a SpaceX rocket for an Emirati astronaut to travel to the International Space Station for a six-month stay, the oil-rich federation’s first long-term mission as it pursues its space ambitions. Axiom Space, a private Houston-based space tour operator that has been leading attempts to commercialize the industry, sold the UAE a seat on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

• This will be the UAE’s second trip to space with an astronaut.
• At this time, the names of the astronauts chosen for the 2023 mission are unknown.
• Last year, the UAE sent its Amal, or Hope, satellite into orbit around Mars.

The mission is set to launch next year from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. This will be the UAE’s second trip to space with an astronaut. Maj. Hazzaa Al-Mansoori flew to the International Space Station for an eight-day expedition in 2019. The astronaut chosen for the 2023 mission was not named in the UAE statement.

The announcement also did not specify how much the country paid for the coveted seat on Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket. The rocket journey and accommodations for wealthy Americans who paid their way to the International Space Station earlier this month cost $55 million each, according to Axiom.

The Announcement on Friday is the Latest in a Rush of Activity in the UAE Space Programme.

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The UAE sent its Amal, or Hope, satellite into orbit around Mars last year, marking a first for the Arab world. The government plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024. The moon mission, according to Sheikh Mohammed, is part of the country’s space plan to develop new knowledge-based and scientific capabilities.

According to the Dubai Media Office at the time, it will be a key part of attempts to create the first settlement on Mars in 2117, which is one of the UAE’s most ambitious objectives.

Astronauts in the UAE are being prepared for Manned Flights 

The United Arab Emirates began unveiling the names of its astronauts who would travel to space in the coming years. Apart from Al Mansouri, the country recently announced Sultan Al Neyadi, Mohammed Al Mulla, and Nora Al Matrooshi as candidates.

Al Mulla is a helicopter pilot, Al Matrooshi is a mechanical engineer, and Al Neyadi is a former IT specialist. Al Matrooshi is on her way to becoming the first Arab woman to train for a mission to space.

The astronauts are undergoing training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in preparation for their future journey.

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