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Sheikh Mohammed announces next edition of UAE astronaut programme

Sheikh Mohammed announces next edition of UAE astronaut programme

Emiratis above 18 who are university graduates and proficient in Arabic and English are eligible to apply

UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, instructed the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to open registrations for a new edition of the UAE Astronaut Programme, Dubai Media Office reported on December 6.

The second edition of the programme is designed to prepare and train Emiratis for space travel for multiple scientific missions. The programme is to commence immediately, a statement said.

In the first four hours of the registration opening, close to 1,000 applications were received, Dubai Media Office tweeted.

Emiratis above 18 who are university graduates and proficient in Arabic and English are eligible to apply. People hailing from all professionals are encouraged to register.

Applicants will be expected to undergo vigorous tests including physical, mental and psychological, before the final group of participants are chosen, the statement said.

The launch of the second edition of the programme hails the beginning of a new era of the UAE’s space exploration journey.

Emirati applications can apply online on the MBRSC website. The deadline for registration is January 19, 2020.

Sheikh Mohammed launched the UAE’s first Astronaut programme on December 7, 2017, from which Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi were selected as the first astronauts, the statement said.

Al Mansoori’s mission to the International Space Station from September 25 to October 3 lasted eight days, during which 30 scientific experiments were conducted, the statement said.

 

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