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Saudi Arabia prepares to launch an astronaut into space

On Thursday, Saudi Arabia announced that it would launch a training program with the aim of sending its astronauts, including one woman, into space next year.

The kingdom is actively promoting science and technology as part of its Vision 2030 plan to restructure its economy and reduce its dependence on oil.

The plan, backed by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also calls for greater integration of women into the conservative Muslim country’s workforce. Saudi Arabia lifted its driving ban on women in 2018.

“The Saudi Astronaut Program, which is an integral part of the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030, will send Saudi astronauts into space to help better serve humanity” the Saudi Aerospace Commission said in a statement. “One of the astronauts will be a Saudi woman, whose space mission will represent the first history of the Kingdom.”

The neighboring United Arab Emirates, which has the Arab world’s first space program, launched a probe into Mars orbit in February 2021. The United Arab Emirates is expected to launched its first lunar probe in November. If the lunar mission is successful, the United Arab Emirates and Japan, which supplied the lander, will join the ranks of the United States. Russia and China are the countries that have sent spacecraft to the surface of the Moon.

The first Arab or Muslim to travel in space was Prince Sultan bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince’s half-brother and air force pilot, who was part of the crew. seven members of NASA’s Discovery mission in 1985. He then served as head of the Saudi Space Commission from 2018 until last year, when he was appointed an adviser to King Salman.

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