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Saudi Arabia Launches Program to Send Astronauts into Space in 2023

The Saudi Astronaut Program will send Saudi astronauts into space to help better serve humanity

Saudi Arabia said Thursday it will launch a training program with the goal of sending its own astronauts, including a woman, into space next year.

"The Saudi Astronaut Program, which is an integral part of the Kingdom's ambitious Vision 2030, will send Saudi astronauts into space to help better serve humanity," the Saudi Space Commission said in a statement.

"One of the astronauts will be a Saudi woman, whose mission to space will represent a historical first for the Kingdom."