Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Receives First Saudi Astronaut

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Egypt Osama Nugali on Wednesday received Saudi astronaut Rayyanah Barnawi, who is currently visiting Egypt, at the embassy in Cairo.

Ambassador Nugali congratulated astronaut Barnawi on the achievement, which confirms the progress the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is witnessing in all fields, including the space sector and its technologies, in light of the goals of its ambitious vision 2030.

Barnawi is the first Saudi astronaut among the crew of the SSA-HSF1 flight to the International Space Station.

In addition, she is considered the first Saudi astronaut and the first Arab woman to go to the International Space Station, and a research scientist and laboratory specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in reproductive science, genetic engineering and tissue development from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

She also obtained a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Al-Faisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and has 9 years of experience in the field of cancer stem cell research, in addition to extensive training of astronauts.

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