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Russia's Roscosmos Signs Contract For Flight Of 1st UAE Astronaut To ISS - Head

Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a contract to allow an UAE astronaut to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft, Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday.
 
In July, nine UAE candidates arrived in Russia for medical tests and simulation training before returning to the UAE. In September, two of the candidates, Hazza Mansouri and Sultan Niyadi, proceeded with their training in Russia.
 
"We have signed a contract in Baikonur with the leadership of the UAE [Mohammed bin Rashid] Space Center for the preparation and organization of the first UAE astronaut's flight to the ISS," Rogozin posted on Twitter.
 
Only one of the selected UAE astronauts will actually fly on the Russian spacecraft � the other will be a backup astronaut. Whether Mansouri or Niyadi will be chosen for the flight has yet to be determined.
 
An UAE astronaut will fly to the ISS on April 5 and return to Earth on April 16. He will depart as part of a crew comprising Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and US astronaut Christina Koch. He will return to Earth together with Aleksey Ovchinin from Russia and Nick Hague from the United States.
 

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