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Saudi Arabia has announced that it will launch a training program to send its astronauts, including women, into space next year.
According to the Times of Israel, the kingdom is actively promoting its “Vision 2030” plan, aimed at “repairing” the economy and reducing dependence on oil.
The plan will, among other things, increase the integration of women into the country's workforce. The plan is being championed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“One of the astronauts will be a woman from Saudi Arabia, whose flight into space will be the first in the history of the kingdom,” the Saudi Space Commission said in a statement.
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