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United Arab Emirates to send first astronaut into space

After launching its first satellite, KhalifaSat, last October from Japan, the United Arab Emirates continues its space conquest with the sending of the first Emirati astronaut into space next September.

Two candidates are in the running for this historic first: Hazza Al-Mansoori and Sultan Al Nayadi. One of them will be chosen to join the International Space Station on September 25 on a Russian Soyuz rocket. He will then become the first astronaut from the Arabian Gulf region to be sent into space.

The conquest of space: an Emirati project

With its own space agency since 2014, the United Arab Emirates has continued to make progress in the field of space exploration.

The sending of the first Emirian into space is one more step towards the country’s ambition: colonizing planet Mars by 2117, with the erection of a fully operational city of 600,000 inhabitants.