First Arab woman astronaut will be part of the Saudi mission aboard SpaceX

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Saudi Arabia’s mission to travel to the International Space Station in 2023, aboard a SpaceX capsule, will include a woman who will become the world’s first arab female astronautaccording to Axiom Space, the American company that organizes the mission for the kingdom.

Neither Axiom nor the Saudi government provided the name of the astronaut, who will be accompanied by one countryman and two Americans as part of Axiom’s second private mission to the space station, scheduled for the beginning of the year.

A US official familiar with the mission said Ax-2 passengers still have to receive approval from a panel chaired by NASA of the international partners of the space station.

The identities of the astronauts are not usually confirmed publicly until that panel gives its approval.

Reuters first reported Axiom’s deal with Riyadh on Wednesday, and that the mission is planned for early 2023 under an agreement signed this year.

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