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Nora Al Matrooshi becomes first female Arab astronaut and joins NASA

Nora Al Matrooshi becomes first female Arab astronaut and joins NASA

Recruited by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBR) of the United Arab Emirates, Nora Al Matrooshi is the first female Arab astronaut to join the country’s space program.

Selected from 4,300 applicants to train with NASA, 28-year-old Nora Al Matrooshi will receive training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Holder of a degree in mechanical engineering, presented as a genius of mathematics after winning the International Mathematical Olympics in 2011, she is an engineer at the National petroleum construction company.

In a presentation video shared on Twitter by the MBR, she is described as a space enthusiast from a young age with a mantra of “do what makes you happy”.

Although the United Arab Emirates have chosen to center their communication around Nora Al Matrooshi, however, two Emirati astronauts will join this program. The young woman will fly to Houston with her fellow citizen Mohammed Al Mulla, who is also part of this selection in which the United Arab Emirates have distinguished themselves, for the greatest pride of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rachid Al Maktoum, vice- President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Governor of Dubai, who did not fail to share the news on his Twitter account.

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