A Cairo-born researcher has been selected for a NASA-sponsored program that could make him the first Egyptian to travel into space.
Akram Abdellatif, who is studying for a doctoral degree at the German University of Technology in Munich, stands a chance to travel on a space mission in 2017 if he completes the high ranking required.
The program, titled Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM), aims to study the outer reaches of Earth’s atmosphere.
Although the program is sponsored by NASA, if Abdellatif is chosen to go into space he will not be an astronaut under the U.S. space agency.
“I train through the program, so I’m not chosen or directly hired through NASA because… only U.S. citizens can be astronauts for NASA,” he told Al Arabiya News. “The program is different, and has the right to choose anyone.”.. see more