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The UAE announced, on Friday, that it will send an astronaut to the International Station, on a six-month mission, in the second human space flight for the wealthy Gulf state seeking to consolidate its position in the field of space science.

UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wrote in a tweet on Twitter, “A new station for the space sector in the UAE has been signed with the signing of a new agreement to send (…) an astronaut (…) for a long mission extending 180 days to the International Space Station.”

According to the Emirati newspaper, The National, the Emirati astronaut will be part of a team that is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX rocket in the first half of 2023 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

She added that the signing with the company took place at the Emirati embassy in Washington on Wednesday.

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Despite its recent entry into the world of space exploration, the UAE is making rapid steps in this field. In February 2021, the Emirati “Hope” probe entered the orbit of Mars, making the UAE the first Arab country to reach the Red Planet.

In September 2019, Hazza Al Mansouri became the first Emirati astronaut to make a trip to space, and was part of a three-member team that launched a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan towards the International Space Station.

And the UAE announced in September 2020 that it would send an Emirati-made lunar explorer to the moon by 2024.

But the UAE’s biggest ambition is to build a human settlement on Mars by 2117. In 2017, Dubai hired engineers and technicians to envision how a city could be built on the Red Planet.

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