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HH Sheikh Mohammed Meets the First Emirati Female Astronaut Ahead of Space Mission

Ahead of the launch of the MBZ-SAT satellite this year, HH Sheikh Mohammed met with the UAE astronauts gearing up for the space mission.

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This week, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai met the Emirati astronauts Nora Al Matrooshi and Mohammad Al Mulla preparing for another major UAE space mission. The meeting was held at the Union House Dubai, where the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) team gathered alongside HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

 

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Al Mulla and Al Matrooshi—the first Emirati female astronaut—completed a two-year training program at NASA in March 2024, and shared details of their preparation with Sheikh Mohammed, who “urged them to persevere in seeking the highest levels of excellence in this vital field.” The two astronauts are set to jet off into space this year, while the MBZ-SAT, the Arab world’s most advanced satellite to date, and the second to be fully developed by an Emirati team will launch in October 2024 on a SpaceX rocket. The launch will make a significant step in the UAE’s space journey, which first began in 2019, when astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri embarked on the country’s first scientific mission to the International Space Station.

Following the meeting, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MBRSC, said, “The vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inspires us to further strengthen the UAE’s leadership in the field of space. We are proud to be working on the most advanced satellite in the Arab world, named after the President of the UAE. We have great ambitions for our country in the future of space exploration, and we pledge to continue achieving milestones that contribute to its global leadership in this field.”

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