List of Arab Astronauts

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To date, there have been three astronauts of Arab origin. Prince Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia flew in the US Space Shuttle in 1985.[1][2][3] Syrian astronaut Mohammad Faris made a space flight in 1987, as part of a joint Syrian-Soviet mission.[4][5][6]. In 2019 Hazza Ali Abdan Khalfan Al Mansouri of the United Arab Emirates flew in the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud[edit]

In 1985, the Arab Organization of Space Communications nominated Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz. Originally a civilian pilot holding a commercial pilots licence[1], Al Saud was born in Riyadh and holds a bachelor's degree of Arts in Media from the University of Denver, Colorado.

Al Saud undertook high-level training before his flight, including: how to deploy the Arab satellite at a distance of 320 km above the Earth's surface, as well as how to use a camera from the unit (Hamlad - 500) to take pictures of geological features of the Arabian Peninsula.

Mohammed Faris[edit]

Mohammed Ahmed Faris is a Syrian astronaut born in Aleppo in 05/26/1951.[4] Faris is the first Syrian astronaut into space, flying in the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz m3 (TM-2) to space station Mir on 22 July 1987 with two Russian cosmonauts in the program for cooperation in space between Syria and the Soviet Union.

Hazza Ali Abdan Khalfan Al Mansouri[edit]

On 25 September 2019, Hazza Al Mansouri became the first Emirati to become an astronaut, travelling in the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the International Space Station.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Astronaut Biography: Salman Al-Saud".
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia Astronautica Index: 1".
  4. ^ a b "Cosmonaut Biography: Muhammed Faris".
  5. ^ "Фарис Мухаммед Ахмед".
  6. ^ "Encyclopedia Astronautica Index: 1".
  7. ^ "UAE in space: UAE Mission 1 a revered milestone in nation's space exploration goals". Retrieved 20 January 2020.