06:19 GMT23 September 2020
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    Last year, the Russian space corporation said that a preliminary deal had been signed between the company and the Dubai-based Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to provide services for one UAE astronaut to fly to the ISS.

    A Soyuz MS-15 spaceflight with the first Emirati astronaut onboard is being launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, the spaceport Russia operates in Kazakhstan.

    Earlier, nine UAE candidates arrived in Russia for medical tests. Two of them – a future cosmonaut and a backup — were selected for further training and a future start that was preliminarily scheduled for April 2019.

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