UAE announces names of two astronauts for International Space Station
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UAE announces names of two astronauts for International Space Station

The UAE has a fledgling space program with big ambitions. It hopes to launch its first locally made satellite, KhalifaSat, in October from Japan. It also wants to launch a probe to Mars in 2020. The UAE says it wants to colonise Mars by 2117, with a fully functioning city of 6,00,000.

world Updated: Sep 03, 2018 16:32 IST
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who serves as the UAE’s vice president and prime minister, made the announcement on Monday on Twitter. The missions are scheduled for next year.(Reuters/File Photo)

The ruler of Dubai has announced the names of two astronauts from the United Arab Emirates who will be heading to the International Space Station, a first for the Gulf nation.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the UAE’s vice president and prime minister, made the announcement on Monday on Twitter. Sheikh Mohammed named the astronauts as Hazza al-Mansouri and Sultan al-Nayadi. Their missions are scheduled for next year.

The UAE has a fledgling space program with big ambitions. It hopes to launch its first locally made satellite, KhalifaSat, in October from Japan. It also wants to launch a probe to Mars in 2020.

The UAE says it wants to colonise Mars by 2117, with a fully functioning city of 6,00,000.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 16:32 IST