UAE’s first Female Astronaut

As a part of the Gulf countries space exploration programme, UAE(United Arab Emirates) has selected its first female astronaut who will join NASA’s 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class in 2021. Emirati national Nora al-Matrooshi, a 27-year-old mechanical engineering graduate currently working at Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company. 

 Nora was one of 4,300 applicants assessed on scientific abilities, education and practical experience, and then on physical, psychological and medical assessments, Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). 


UAE has major space exploration plans. In Feb this year, UAE led the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission with a probe that reached the surface of Mars. The UAE has plans to launch a moon rover by 2024 and even a vision for a Mars settlement by 2117.



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