Emirati astronauts Noura Al Matrooshi and Muhammad Al Mulla completed a number of basic trainings within the “NASA” training program 2021, in the United States of America. And NASA shared a video clip documenting the most important clips in their training system, as the video clip shows the flexibility of the two Emirati astronauts while they are facing various challenges, including survival exercises at the Fort Novosil site in Alabama, in addition to a number of exercises. at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory of the NASA Johnson Space Center.
Muhammad Al-Mulla and Noura Al-Matroushi, astronauts in the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Program, were selected as part of the NASA training program for the year 2021, along with 10 other astronauts. These candidates were selected from among 120,000 applicants from across the United States of America, to participate in advanced training at the Johnson Space Center, where all program participants will graduate as flight-qualified astronauts in early 2024.
Recently, the two Emirati astronauts visited the Marshall Space Mission Center, where they had the opportunity to meet with the center’s leadership, and learn more about the missions, programs and projects. The astronauts also visited the V20 thermal vacuum chamber, which is currently being used to simulate lunar environments and rehearse lunar landing scenarios.
It is noteworthy that the UAE Astronaut Programme, which is managed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, is one of the projects funded by the Information and Communications Technology Fund of the Communications and Digital Government Authority, and aims to support research and development in the information and communication technology sector.