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UAE astronaut to step in to space

The Hazza  al-Manssouri is the first Emirati to reach the space and made a new record.

The 35-year-old former pilot, who was chosen out of thousands of candidates, will depart this week on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

He said he is living an impossible and tough kind of life.

Only two Arabs have gone into space before: Saudi prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud and Syria’s Mohammed Persia. They both stepped into space in the 1980s.

Al-Mansouri’s visit is being hailed as a symbol of progress in the UAE’s space sector. Other plans for the country include sending manned missions to Mars within two years. 2021 is also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United Arab Emirates.

“This mission is a great milestone for me personally and for the United Arab Emirates,” al-Mansouri said in a press conference in July.

Al-Mansouri said his interest in space originated from his childhood when he lived in the United Arab Emirates’ capital, Abu Dhabi.

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