Saudi Arabia’s First Astronauts In Decades Rocket Towards ISS

  • The Axiom Mission 2 space crew, which includes two Saudi Arabian astronauts, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday en route to the International Space Station (ISS).
  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the multimillion-dollar private charter flight. The crew was led by retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, while American investor John Shoffner was also aboard the flight.
  • The flight included a pair of Saudi Arabian astronauts who were their country’s first space-bound citizens in years. Saudi Arabia’s first female astronaut to go to space, Rayyanah Barnawi, was present.
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