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Next year’s mission to Saudi Arabia’s International Space Station will include a woman, who will become the world’s first female Arab astronaut, according to Axiom Space, the US company that organizes Saudi missions.
Neither Axiom nor the Saudi government has named the female astronaut, and another Saudi and two Americans have been identified as part of Axiom’s second civilian mission to the space station, scheduled for early 2023. people will accompany you.
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Reuters first reported on Wednesday Axiom’s deal with Saudi Arabia, with the mission scheduled for early 2023 based on a deal signed earlier this year.