Dubai: The UAE on Saturday announced two new Emirati astronauts, bringing the total number to four now.
The announcement was tweeted by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“We announce today, thank God, two new Emirati astronauts … among them the first Arab woman astronaut … Nora Al Matrooshi along with Mohammed Al Mulla … they have been chosen from among more than 4000 applicants … and their training will begin soon within the NASA astronaut program … We congratulate the country on them. We count on them to raise the name of the UAE in the sky,” he tweeted.
The UAE Astronaut Programme is one of the projects managed by the UAE’s National Space Programme and funded by the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Fund of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), which aims to support research and development in the ICT sector in the UAE and prepare a team of Emiratis for scientific space missions.