Saudi Arabian mission on SpaceX capsule to include first female Arab astronaut

    Saudi Arabia's mission to the International Space Station next year aboard a SpaceX capsule will include the world's first female Arab astronaut.
    By: REUTERS
    | Updated on: Sep 23 2022, 22:12 IST
    International space station
    This will be a part of Axiom's second private mission to the International space station, which is slated for early 2023. (Bloomberg)
    International space station
    This will be a part of Axiom's second private mission to the International space station, which is slated for early 2023. (Bloomberg)

    Saudi Arabia's mission to the International Space Station next year aboard a SpaceX capsule will include a woman who would become the world's first female Arab astronaut, according to Axiom Space, the U.S. company arranging the mission for the kingdom.

    Neither Axiom nor the Saudi government provided the name for the female astronaut, who will be accompanied by another Saudi and two Americans as part of Axiom's second private mission to the space station, slated for early 2023.

    A U.S. official familiar with the mission said the Ax-2 passengers have yet to receive approval from a NASA-chaired panel of the space station's international partners. Astronauts' identities are not usually confirmed publicly until that panel provides approval.

    Reuters first reported Axiom's deal with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, and that the mission is slated for early 2023 under a deal signed earlier this year.

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    First Published Date: 23 Sep, 22:12 IST
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