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Saudi Astronauts Reach ISS, Rayyanah Barnawi First Arab Woman in Orbit

Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali Al Qarni and mission team crew arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday at 4.25pm Makkah Time after their spacecraft Dragon 2 successfully docked.

NASA has announced the successful docking of Dragon 2 after 16 hours of the rocket launch yesterday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The docking of the Dragon 2 spacecraft with the ISS is a historic moment for the Saudi astronaut Rayyanah Barnawi who becomes the first ever Arab woman to fly into space to the ISS.

The mission crew, consisting of four astronauts, Rayyanah Barnawi, Ali AlQarni, Peggy Whiston and John Shoffner, was welcomed and greeted by the International Space Station team, including the UAE’s Sultan Al Neyadi, that wished them success.

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