This is the first Arab female astronaut
Location: Dubai, UAE
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ARAB WORLD'S FIRST FEMALE ASTRONAUT, NORA AL-MATROOSHI, SAYING: "My motivation behind applying to the UAE's space program was my dream as a child and me wanting to be an astronaut."
28-year-old Nora al-Matrooshi is a mechanical engineering graduate
She is set to join NASA's 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class
(SOUNDBITE) (English) THE ARAB WORLD'S FIRST FEMALE ASTRONAUT, NORA AL-MATROOSHI, SAYING: "I'm looking to achieve what the UAE leadership is striving to achieve, having the UAE be part of, or be one of the top countries, in the space field."
A UAE probe reached the orbit of Mars in February 2021
The Arab country plans to launch a moon rover by 2024
It also hopes for settlement on Mars by 2117