Saudi Arabia aims to launch its 1st woman to space as soon as 2023

A Saudi Arabian woman will reach space for the first time next year, if all goes according to plan.

The nation announced today (Sept. 22) that it has started an astronaut program (opens in new tab) and intends to send two of its citizens to space — at least one of them a woman — as early as 2023. That mission will be organized by Houston-based company Axiom Space.



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