Space for Humanity, a nonprofit whose mission is to expand access to space for all of humanity, has chosen engineer Sara Sabry as their Citizen Astronaunt-2 to go to space on New Shepard's flight no. 22 from Blue Origin, making her the first every Egyptian Citizen Astronaunt to fly to space.
The Egyptian Space Agency (EGSA) congratulated Sara and expressed its pride and support for Sara who will be flying for the first time to space along with five others from the US, Portugal, and the UK.
“I am incredibly honored to have been selected by Space for Humanity to go to Space with Blue Origin. I'm even more honored to be representing my country by making history for Egyptians, for African women, and for Arabs. My ancestors have always dreamt big and achieved the impossible, and I plan on bringing that back. This is my origin story. Follow me as I take you on my first journey to space!” said Sara on her Instagram account.
Sara is an Egyptian mechanical and biomedical engineer, and founder of Deep Space Initiative (DSI), a nonprofit aiming to increase accessibility for space research. She became Egypt’s first female analog astronaut in 2021 after completing a two-week Moon mission simulating the extreme conditions astronauts experience in orbital space. Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the American University in Cairo and a master’s in biomedical engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. She is currently pursuing a PhD in aerospace sciences with a focus on space suit design. Sara is fluent in Arabic, French, and English, and currently resides in Berlin.