Saudi is all set to script historical past as it’s about to ship off its first lady astronaut Rayyanah Barnawi, together with a fellow Saudi, on their monumental area expedition to ISS on Might 9.
Throughout a joint press briefing on Thursday, NASA and Axiom House officers mentioned that Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni will take off from Florida on a personal mission to the Worldwide House Station (ISS).
Barnawi, a breast most cancers researcher, is the primary Saudi lady to embark into area and can be joined by Ali Al-Qarni, a fighter pilot.
There are two different astronauts who will be part of Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni of their voyage. They’re Peggy Whitson, a former NASA astronaut who can be making her fourth flight to the ISS, and John Shoffner, a businessman from Tennessee who will function pilot.
All 4 of them will be part of UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, who started his six-month mission on March 3, on board the ISS.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry the four-member crew and is scheduled for lift-off from the Kennedy House Heart at Cape Canaveral at 0243 GMT.
They may journey to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule and spend 10 days aboard the orbiting area station. The mission to the ISS, referred to as, Axiom Mission 2, would be the second by Axiom House, a personal US area firm.
Barnawai was excited when the announcement to the expedition was made. She mentioned that this area voyage would full the targets of the Kingdom’s area program and can contribute to attaining future explorations in numerous fields, reported the Saudi Gazette newspaper.
Echoing comparable feelings, Al-Qarni acknowledged, “The actual fact is that our mission as the primary Saudi astronauts to go to the Worldwide House Station wouldn’t have been potential with out the assist of our smart management.”
(With inputs from companies)