2021-04-11

UAE Announces Election of First Female Astronaut in the Arab World

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UAE Announces Election of First Female Astronaut in the Arab World

The UAE selected the world’s first Arab female astronaut, her The name is Nora Almatrushi (pictured right)

According to a report from the Russian Satellite News Agency on April 11, the Prime Minister of the UAE stated on the 10th, “Today we announced the selection of 2 UAE astronauts One of them is Nora Almatrushi, she is the first Arab female astronaut. The other astronaut is Mohammed Al Mulla (Mohammed Al Mulla)”.

Alma Truhi was born in 1993 and worked as an engineer in the UAE National Petroleum Construction Company. According to the UAE, she is the first Arab female astronaut in the world. If the mission goes well in the future, she will also become the first Arab woman to fly into space. However, the title of the first Muslim woman to go to space was already won by Anush Ansari, an Iranian-American in 2006. She entered the International Space Station on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft at her own expense and became the world’s first female space tourist.

The UAE said that the two astronauts were selected from more than 4,000 applicants, and they will go to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to participate in the astronaut training program. In October last year, NASA announced that eight countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the UAE have signed an international agreement called the Artemis Agreement, forming a commitment to National League for Lunar Exploration.

In July last year, the UAE Mars probe “Hope” was successfully launched, firing the first shot of its “fire detection”. In addition, the UAE has also set its sights on the moon. On November 15 last year, the UAE announced plans to launch a small lunar rover named “Rashid” to study the moon. If the plan is successful, the UAE Space Agency will become the first country in the Arab world and the fifth country in the world to successfully send a spacecraft to the surface of the moon.