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UAE extends deadline for applications to astronaut programme

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre sees strong demand for places following UAE's first space mission last year

UAE extends deadline for applications to astronaut programme

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has extended the deadline for applications for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme until March 31 following strong demand for places.

The extension aims to provide Emiratis aspiring to engage in scientific exploration and manned space missions the opportunity to enroll in the programme.

Since announcing in December, registration for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme saw a huge interest from male and female Emiratis of all ages due to the great impact of the first Emirati manned space mission led by Hazzaa Al Mansoori to the International Space Station.

MBRSC said that applicants to the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme should be UAE nationals above 18 years old, have proficiency in Arabic and English, and be university graduates. All professions will be considered, from engineers to pilots, military personnel to teachers, those involved in STEM and other professions.

Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, director general of MBRSC, said: “The great interest in joining the second batch of the programme reflects the ambition of the UAE citizens, and their keenness to achieve UAE's goals in the field of space exploration and realize more milestones in space science and research.

“We are moving forward to attract Emirati talents who are able to leave a clear global impact in the field of space exploration, to provide new scientific answers to humanity, and make a clear mark on the path to improving life on Earth."

Salem Humaid Al Marri, head of the UAE Astronaut Programme, added: “Extending the deadline comes as a result of the remarkable and significant turnout since opening registration last December, and emanates from our keenness to encourage more UAE nationals from various professions and age groups to register and engage in more achievements and Emirati manned space flights.”

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