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Saudi Arabian Woman Set to Make History in Private Space Mission to ISS

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On May 8, two Saudi Arabian men and women will embark on a historic private mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The Saudi woman, Rayyanah Barnawi, is a breast cancer researcher and will be joined by fellow Saudi Ali Al-Qarni who is a fighter pilot. Rayyanah Barnawi will become the first Saudi woman to travel to space.

A former NASA astronaut, Peggy Whitson, will be making her fourth flight to the ISS along with John Shoffner, a businessman from Tennessee. Liftoff of the Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 10:43 pm on May 8th. The four-member crew will be spending 10 days aboard the orbiting space station.

Axiom Space, a private space company, carried out its first private astronaut mission to the ISS in April 2022. The mission involving a Saudi woman is part of the country’s efforts to revamp its ultra-conservative image. The neighboring United Arab Emirates has also taken part in space missions.

Rahul Somvanshi

Rahul, possessing a profound background in the creative industry, illuminates the unspoken, often confronting revelations and unpleasant subjects, navigating their complexities with a discerning eye. He perpetually questions, explores, and unveils the multifaceted impacts of change and transformation in our global landscape. As an experienced filmmaker and writer, he intricately delves into the realms of sustainability, design, flora and fauna, health, science and technology, mobility, and space, ceaselessly investigating the practical applications and transformative potentials of burgeoning developments.

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