In April 2021, the United Arab Emirates named the next two astronauts selected to join the UAE Astronaut Programme. The announcement was formally made over Twitter by the UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Rule of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum:
We announce the first Arab female astronaut, among two new astronauts, selected from over 4,000 candidates to be trained with NASA for future space exploration missions. Congratulations Noura Al Matrooshi and Mohammed Al Mulla.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) introduced the UAE Astronaut Programme in 2017. The program was inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, along with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Since its launch, it’s served to achieve the following goals:
- Promote the UAE’s vision of a prosperous future based on knowledge and scientific research
- Contribute in scientific exploration missions by developing the first Emirati astronaut corps
- Empower young generations to be successful in STEM subjects to promote the culture of research and passion for exploration and innovation
- Strengthen the UAE’s position internationally in the space sector through contributing to manned space missions
Meet Noura Al Matrooshi
Mohammed Al Mulla
The Future Journey To Outer Space
With the UAE’s remarkable progress in the space sector, there’s no doubt the Astronaut Programme’s team will achieve the unthinkable in the upcoming years. Until then, you can keep up with the latest developments at www.mbrsc.ae.