Muhammed Faris

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Muhammed Faris
Muhammed Ahmed Faris.jpg
Interkosmos Research Cosmonaut
Nationality Syrian
Status Retired
Born (1951-05-26) 26 May 1951 (age 64)
Aleppo, Syria
Other names
Muhammed Ahmed Faris
Other occupation
Rank General, Syrian Air Force[1]
Time in space
7d 23h 04min
Selection 1985 Intercosmos Group
Missions Mir EP-1 (Soyuz TM-3 / Soyuz TM-2)
Mission insignia
Soyuz TM-3 mission patch.svg
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin

Muhammed Ahmed Faris (Arabic: محمد أحمد فارس‎; born 26 May 1951) is a Syrian military aviator. He was the first Syrian and the second Arab in space.

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 flew as Research Cosmonaut in the Interkosmos program on Soyuz TM-3 to the Mir space station in July 1987, spending 7 days 23 hours and 5 minutes in space. He returned to Earth aboard Soyuz TM-2.

Muhammed Faris was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union on 30 July 1987. He was also awarded the Order of Lenin.[2]

After his spaceflight, he returned to the Syrian Air Force and lived in Aleppo. He is married and has three children.

On 4 August 2012, during the Syrian civil war, he defected from Assad's government and joined the armed opposition.[3][4]

On 13 September 2012, made an exclusive interview with Al Aan TV and covered many topics regarding the Syrian civil war.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Syria’s first astronaut defects to Turkey: report". ArabNews. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ (Russian) Biography at the website on Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia
  3. ^ "Syria’s first astronaut defects to Turkey: report". ArabNews. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  4. ^ رائد الفضاء اللواء محمد فارس يعلن انشقاقه on YouTube
  5. ^ Al Aan, Akhbar (13 September 2012). "لقاء خاص مع رائد الفضاء السوري المنشق محمد فارس". Akhbar Al Aan. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 

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