Hundreds Of Emirati Women Want To Be The UAE’s Next Astronaut

BY Sarah Joseph / May 11 2020 / 13:05 PM

The programme has gained the interest of over 4,300 applicants who are eager to contribute their scientific expertise to space exploration

Hundreds Of Emirati Women Want To Be The UAE’s Next Astronaut

As we enter a bold new era of space exploration, the UAE is seeing a surge in the number of women who want to become astronauts.

In a recent tweet Sheikh Mohammed said “Today, I received the statistics of applicants for the #UAE Astronaut Programme… We will soon announce the next two Emirati astronauts. 1,400 female Emiratis and 130 Emiratis with PhD are among the 4,300 applicants. We are proud of their passion and desire to achieve.”

— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) May 10, 2020

The UAE Astronaut Programme is the first in the Arab world aimed at developing skilled Emirati astronauts to embark on future space missions and to serve as ambassadors for the UAE and the Arab world in space exploration.

Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri undertook an eight-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) last year sparking interest in space exploration within the UAE. He also shared his support for all aspiring female astronauts within the nation, encouraging them to follow their dreams.

After reviewing all applicants a committee of 10 specialists, including astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi, will shortlist potential candidates based on their initial interviews and evaluations. The shortlisted applicants will undergo a selection process, after which two will be selected to be the next Emirati astronauts.

Registrations for the second batch of Emirati astronauts opened in December 2019. The initial deadline was March 31, 2020 but was extended to May 1, 2020.

Lead image courtesy of instagram/sarashakeel

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