• O.G. Wright

The Search Is On: 1st Emirati Astronaut Will Be Chosen From The 39 Hopefuls

Who will be the chosen one?


Who will make the cut in the finals?


Who will pass all the series of tests?


These are the questions popping now on the aeronautics field as they choose the first Emirati to fly with the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2019.


A total of 39 local astronauts were qualified and passed the physical and psychological tests, unfortunately, the remaining 56 failed the initial examination.

The have gone through several tests that include clinical tests and a range of factors to measure one’s intelligence, aptitude, neurocognitive ability, personality and working memory.


These 39 passers are qualified for the preliminary list of the UAE Astronaut Program, which was just recently launched by His Highness Shekh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Rule of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as part of the UAE National Space Program.


A team of Emiratis will be chosen from the 39 hopefuls and will be part of scientific missions in the space.

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