UAE Names First Female Astronaut

Noura was the first Arab woman to enter space. The first Muslim woman to enter space was Anousheh Raissyan.

Updated: Apr 13, 2021 12:12:01 pm

13 April 2021 Current Affairs:Noura al Matroushi was named the first female astronaut in the UAE (United Arab Emirates).

♦ Noura al-Matroushi was selected as the first female astronaut in the UAE from 4,000 other applicants. She will be trained on NASA's future space exploration missions. Noura will travel with Mohammed al-Mulla. Both astronauts will receive training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
♦ Noura was born in 1993. She holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from UAE University. She is currently working as an engineer for the National Petroleum Construction Company. She served as the vice chairman of the company's youth council. Noura is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
♦ The UAE will not have any manned missions in the near future. However, the country plans to send an unmanned space mission to the moon in 2024. In addition, the UAE also launched the "Amal Satellite" to Mars in 2020.
♦ In 2019, Hazza al-Mansoori was the first astronaut to enter space in the UAE. He stayed on the International Space Station for eight days.
♦ Noura was the first Arab woman to enter space. The first Muslim woman to enter space was Anousheh Raissyan. She was also the first Iranian woman to enter space. She is an Iranian-American telecom entrepreneur. In 2006, she went to the International Space Station as a self-financing tourist worth 20 million U.S. dollars.
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