First batch of Emirati space astronauts to be finalized this week

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The International Space Station (ISS) is set to conduct the final interviews for the first batch of shortlisted Emirati astronauts on July 3, a top official said.

Thirty-nine of 95 Emirati astronauts passed the initial physical and psychological tests to qualify for the preliminary list of the UAE Astronaut Programme.

The 39 candidates will undergo the final assessment, where they will participate in scientific missions in space.

The evaluation phase, conducted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), is aimed to evaluate each candidate according to global standards.

According to Khaleej Times, Director General of MBRSC Yousuf Al Shaibani said: “The UAE Astronaut Programme reflects the efforts of the MBRSC to support the national policy in the field of space, and contribute to strengthening the UAE's position among leading countries in the space sector. We are proud of all the Emirati talents who registered for this ambitious program, and we are happy with their persistence to reach the highest levels.”

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