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Saudi Arabia’s mission to the Worldwide House Station subsequent yr aboard a SpaceX capsule will embrace a lady who would develop into the world’s first female Arab astronaut, in accordance with Axiom House, the U.S. firm arranging the mission for the dominion.
Neither Axiom nor the Saudi authorities offered the identify for the feminine astronaut, who might be accompanied by one other Saudi and two People as a part of Axiom’s second personal mission to the area station, slated for early 2023.
A U.S. official acquainted with the mission mentioned the Ax-2 passengers have but to obtain approval from a NASA-chaired panel of the space station’s worldwide companions. Astronauts’ identities aren’t normally confirmed publicly till that panel offers approval.
Reuters first reported Axiom’s cope with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, and that the mission is slated for early 2023 below a deal signed earlier this yr.