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New launch date for Axiom space mission featuring Saudi Arabia’s astronauts revealed

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The Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2), whose crew features two Saudi astronauts including the Kingdom’s first Arab female in space, has announced a new launching date after being postponed.

The four-man crew mission, which includes Saudi Arabia’s Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali al-Qarni, is targeting May 21 as a new launch date after delays, NASA Space Operations announced on Saturday.

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“Launch Update: NASA, Axiom_Space, & SpaceX are targeting no earlier than 5:37 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 21, for launch of Axiom Mission 2 to the @Space_Station,” NASA said in a tweet.

The mission was supposed to take off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 8 before NASA, Axiom Space, and SpaceX announced last week that they were holding off on the launch and looking at a new timing.

The Kingdom announced that it is joining the mission in February in a move that comes in line with Saudi Vision 2030 as well as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to contribute to scientific research and space exploration.

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