Saudi Arabia has announced that it will send its first female astronaut into space this year.
A woman named Rayyanah Barnawi and a man named Ali Al-Qarni are the two people that the country will send to the International Space Station in the second quarter of 2023.
The country said that the purpose of the program is to increase the number of astronauts that the country has, and to take advantage of the activities that the space industry entails.
She also said that the program will help to develop scientific and technical research in many areas ranging from health, and progress to space exploration.
The two astronauts Barnawi and Al-Qarni will be among the crew of the AX-2 spacecraft that will be launched.
The spacecraft will be launched from the United States to the International Space Station. The program also includes the training of two more astronauts, Mariam Fardous and Ali Al-Ghamdi.
The head of the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority, Engr. Abdullah Al-Swaha said that the leaders of the country are ready to support the plan to create the space station.
Through this program, Saudi Arabia will begin scientific research at the levels of space science and develop its capacity to conduct its own research on the future of the country.
Then this will increase the desire of university students to study the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and provide more people with skills in this field.
Moreover, Mohammed Al-Tamimi, the chief executive of the Saudi Space Agency, expressed his happiness to the leaders of the country for supporting the agency to further develop the agency.
This has helped to reduce the number of problems and challenges faced by the agency, which will also help in the development of the country’s space sector.
The movement to space is a symbol that shows the strength and development of the country in the eyes of the world.
It is also an event that the world competes in the fields of technology, engineering, research and innovation.
This is a program that history will not forget, because it will make the country one of the few countries in the world to send two astronauts of the same nationality in the same spacecraft to the International Space Station and on time single.
The Civil Aviation Authority also said that this program is in collaboration with other ministries of the country under the leadership of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Sports, the Civil Aviation Authority and the King Faisal Specialist Hospital. and the country’s research center.
And with the collaboration of other international agencies including ‘Axiom Space’ which specializes in the field of space and manufactures the products that go to space with them in America.
It was previously reported that the Saudi Space Agency has launched a program to send astronauts.
But this plan to send astronauts is the great work that the agency has achieved with the aim of training citizens to go to the space station.
With the aim of conducting scientific research and participating in international research, as well as the future of the country’s space-related activities, it will also help to achieve the country’s goals by 2030.