Historic moments

Rayyana Barnawi became Saudi’s first female astronaut.

On Sunday, May 21, a Falcon 9 rocket launched four astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the private AX-2 mission.

The mission lead is former NASA astronaut Peggy Whiteson. John Shoffner is the mission pilot. Ali Akharni and Rayyana Barnawi from Saudi Arabia are the mission specialists for the AX-2 mission.

Crew of AX-2 Mission ready for launch on May 21

Born in Jeddah in 1988, Rayyana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Otago, New Zealand and a Master’s degree from Al-Faisal University.

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