In a first for the United Arab Emirates, Hazza al-Mansouri, a 34-year-old aviation engineer, will become the Gulf nation’s first-ever astronaut when he takes part in an eight-day mission aboard the international space station that is set to begin on 25 September.

Al-Mansouri will travel to the station aboard a Russian-made Soyuz-MS 15 after being launched into space from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The UAE and Kazakhstan are currently in the process of discussing addition joint space...

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