With successful steps and a unique vision, the United Arab Emirates continues to amaze the world in various fields and sectors.
The UAE proved, once again, that women have a prominent position, and that the space sector is a priority, as it presented the world the astronauts Nora Al Matroushi and Mohammed Al Mulla in their first meeting in front of the media.
The two new astronauts join astronauts Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi, to form a four-way team under the umbrella of the UAE Astronaut Program, to support the UAE’s ambition in the field of space exploration, and to serve the strategy of the “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center” based on achieving the vision of the rational leadership in the field of space and access. in the UAE to advanced positions in this sector and the sustainability of its national program.
Youssef Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said during the press conference: Today we are witnessing an important event in the progress of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, by presenting the pioneers of the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, stressing that this occasion will remain a defining moment for the Emirates Astronaut Programme. The space.
He added: “Today we present an honorable model for our youth and their aspirations for a better future.” He announced that Noura Al Matrooshi and Mohammed Al Mulla joined Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi to form a wonderful team for space exploration.
In turn, Salem Al-Marri, Deputy Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, confirmed that the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center presents a new achievement by testing two new astronauts, adding that the candidates were selected from among the many applications received by the program.
He explained that the program is keen to qualify UAE youth within the best standards, and that the selection of the two new astronauts was based on several criteria, and the finalists underwent tests, so that Noura Al Matrooshi and Muhammad Al Mulla were selected in the end, who both have the required academic qualifications for the Emirates Astronaut Program.
Nora Al Matrooshi, the first Emirati astronaut, said that her dream of becoming an astronaut was five years old, and that her passion for the space sector started from the school in which she studied.
She confirmed that she studied mechanical engineering at the UAE University to realize her dream in the space sector, and that her career began in the oil and gas sector.
She added that the UAE Astronaut Program provided her with an opportunity to realize her childhood dream and become an astronaut, praising the UAE’s efforts to empower women in various fields and sectors.
In his response to Al Ain News’ query, Mohammed Al Mulla, the Emirati astronaut, confirmed that there is no psychological obstacle by being in the batch that includes the first Emirati and Arab astronaut, adding: “Instead, we will work within one team to raise the status of the UAE.”
Al Mulla thanked the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center for providing him and Noura Al Matrooshi with the opportunity to represent the UAE in this global achievement.
He said that his selection in the second batch is an important achievement for him, a great pride and a dream that has been achieved to represent the UAE in the space sector.
He continued, “I hope that our selection will be an addition to the first batch in raising the flag of the UAE in international forums. I will work with my colleague Noura Al Matrooshi to achieve the dream of the UAE and its leadership in space exploration.”