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    Saudi Arabia’s first female astronaut will launch into space on May 21.

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    According to NASA, Saudi Arabia’s first female astronaut will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 21.

    Rayyanah Barnawi, a breast cancer researcher, and male astronaut Ali AlQarni will fly aboard the Axiom Space 2 mission, which will launch no sooner than 5.37pm (EDT) on May 21, according to NASA.

    The 10-day mission was set to launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on May 8, but NASA and Axiom Space pushed the date out to May 21.

    The two Saudi astronauts are set to join Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, who is currently on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

    The Axiom Space 2 mission will also include astronaut Peggy Whiston and business pioneer and pilot John Shoffner.

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