UAE names its first two astronauts to be sent to International Space Station

The two astronauts are named Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Niadi. (Twitter)

Two Emirati astronauts will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS), as announced by Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Monday.

The two astronauts, Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Niadi will be the first Arab astronauts to go to the habitable satellite, after they reached the final stage of the nominations that included 4,022 applications, according to Gulf News.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid tweeted: “We announced today our first astronauts to the International Space Station: Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi. Hazza and Sultan represent all young Arabs and represent the pinnacle of the UAE's ambitions. Congratulations to the people and youth of the Emirates."

The Dubai ruler added in another tweet: "We have the region's only Mars exploration program, a fully operating satellite manufacturing capability and an astronaut program as part of our Dhs 20 billion investment in the space sector. The secret is our young Arab people and their capabilities."

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, also congratulated the astronauts and wrote in a tweet: “Just as there are no limits to space, there is no limit to our ambitions to achieve further achievements for our country. We have great confidence in our youth in carrying the banner of innovation, achievement and excellence.”

The ISS is a space station in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998.

The ISS is the largest human-made body in low-Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth. Its development and assembly continues, with components scheduled for launch this year and in 2019.

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