UAE to be first Arab state to send astronaut on long-term space mission

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UAE to be first Arab state to send astronaut on long-term space mission
The UAE and Axiom Space signed an agreement at the UAE's embassy in Washington, DC on Wednesday.
By TZVI JOFFRE
Published: MAY 1, 2022

The United Arab Emirates will send an astronaut to the International Space Station for a 6-month-long mission in 2023, becoming the first Arab country to send an astronaut on a long-term space mission, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) announced on Friday. The MBRSC and Axiom Space signed an agreement at the UAE's embassy in Washington, DC on Wednesday to fly a UAE professional crew member to the ISS. The Emirati astronaut will join the SpaceX Crew-6 in the Spring of 2023.

“It is our great pleasure to sign the agreement with the United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, marking the first time a commercial space company has made such a mission possible,” said Michael Suffredini, president and CEO of Axiom Space. “Axiom Space is proud to provide MBRSC with a fight opportunity for a UAE astronaut, enabling its first long-term mission to the ISS.”

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