First Muslim Arab Woman Astronaut in The World

Nora Al-Matrooshi became the first Arab Muslim Woman selected by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be trained as an astronaut. Nora successfully passed the test along with 4,000 other participants.

The news was revealed through a twitter account belonging to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that announced two new Emirati astronauts, Nora Al-Matrooshi and Mohammed Al Mulla.

“We announced the first Woman Arab astronaut, among two new astronauts, selected more than 4,000 candidates to train with NASA for future space exploration missions. Congratulations Nora Al-Matrooshi and Mohammed Al Mulla,”

sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said on Saturday (10/4), reported from Twitter @HHShkMohd.

Nora was chosen from a total of 4,000 other candidates. Later, Nora will take part in NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Class 2021 training in the United States. Not alone, Nora will be joined by Mohammed Al Mulla and other UAE citizens.

Under the UAE Astronaut Program a total of 4 people are counted. These include Hazza Al Mansouri, the first UAE citizen to fly to the International Space Station in 2019.

Muslim Astronaut
Muslim Astronaut

Who exactly is Nora Al-Matrooshi in the spotlight?

5 facts about the world’s first Muslim woman astronaut

facts about these beautiful Muslim women that have been summarized below.

1. Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at United Arab Emirates University

She was born in 1993 in the Emirate of Sharjah. Nora studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of the United Arab Emirates. Later, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2015.

2. Nora works as an engineer

Nora is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Now, he is working as an engineer at the National Petroleum Construction Company. In the company, Nora is in charge of the Abu Dhabi National oil company project.

3. Expert in Mathematics

Besides being good at mechanical engineering, Nora is also an expert in mathematics. This ability was proven by him being ranked first in the UAE for the 2011 International Mathematical Olympiad.

4. Very excited to encourage young people in MENA

Not only won the International Mathematical Olympiad, Nora was selected as a representative in the UAE Youth Ambassador Program 2013 in South Korea.

His passion continued, until he encouraged young people in the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region. Finally, he represented the UAE at the UN International Youth Conference in 2018 and 2019.

5. Since childhood, Nora has loved outer space

Quoting from the Vogue page, Nora’s love of space has been around since childhood. He claimed to often visit stargazing events and liked lessons related to outer space when taught in school.


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