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Faris in 2012
|Other names||Muhammed Ahmed Adas|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union|
Order of Lenin
Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration"
|Interkosmos Research Cosmonaut|
|Rank||General, Syrian Air Force|
Time in space
|7d 23h 04min|
|Selection||1985 Intercosmos Group|
|Missions||Mir EP-1 (Soyuz TM-3 / Soyuz TM-2)|
Born in Aleppo, Syria, he was a pilot in the Syrian Air Force with the rank of a colonel. He specialized in navigation when he was selected to participate in the Intercosmos spaceflight program on 30 September 1985.
He is credited with carrying the first recorded Earth dirt into space, which was a vial carrying soil from Damascus.
After his spaceflight, Faris returned to the Syrian Air Force and lived in Aleppo.
Syrian Civil War
Faris is also part of the Syrian National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, an anti-Assad grouping.
In a March 2016 interview as a Syrian refugee in Turkey, Faris stated regarding the ongoing Syrian Civil War: "I tell Europe if you don't want refugees, then you should help us get rid of this regime," adding "I am very sorry about the Russian interference, which has stood on the side of dictator Bashar Assad, and has begun to kill the Syrian people with their planes".
Faris is married and has three children.
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