UAE introduces the Arab first female astronaut

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

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