Saudi astronauts Rayana Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni arrive at the International Space Station

Aya Hussain

The two Saudi astronauts, Rayana Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni, arrived. Accompanied by the crew of the AX-2 space mission to the International Space Station (ISS), today, Monday, at 4: 16 pm Mecca Al-Mukarramah Time, as NASA announced The spacecraft carrying the crew successfully docked with the International Space Station, about 16 an hour after its launch from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Saudi Space Authority stated that the crew of the mission was greeted and welcomed by the crew of the International Space Station after docking their vehicle with it, as the pilot became Rayana Bernawi, the first Saudi woman to fly into space and reach the station, and Ali Al-Qarni became the first Saudi astronaut to reach the International Space Station, while the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia became the first Arab country from which a woman participated in a scientific mission in space, writing her name among the few countries In the world that can send two astronauts of the same nationality aboard the International Space Station at the same time.

And within the special protocols With space missions, the authority indicated that the AX-2 mission team joined the crew of the International Space Station after replacing space suits with residence suits inside the International Space Station, in preparation for the start of their mission, and conducting A pioneering scientific research experiment in microgravity, the results of which will contribute to providing answers that will assist scientists in sending manned exploration trips to the Moon and Mars, and strengthen the Kingdom’s global position in the field of space exploration and service to humanity. The two pioneers will also conduct three educational experiments. Awareness.

661192 The authority affirmed the full readiness of the two Saudi astronauts, Rayana Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni, to carry out the mission for which they were sent, expressing It expresses its confidence in their successful implementation of the mission and return to the homeland to achieve all the previously planned goals, as the Kingdom, represented by the Saudi Space Authority, seeks, through the Astronauts Program, to activate scientific innovation at the level of space sciences, and to enhance the ability to conduct its own research in an efficient way. Independent, which will positively affect the future of the industry and the country, and increase the interest of graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the development of human capital by attracting talent, in a way that achieves the objectives of the Saudi vision 857 in the field of space.