The UAE’s astronaut program continues to develop following the historic mission of Hazza Al Mansouri to the International Space Station in September 2019. Aboard the ISS, he conducted various experiments on behalf of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, hosted a traditional Emirati dinner for his crewmates and gave a broadcasted tour of the station for viewers back home. Under an agreement between the UAE and NASA signed in 2020, Hazza and other UAE astronauts will train for future space exploration missions at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Two Emirati candidates, Mohammed Al Mulla and Nora Al Matrooshi, have begun their training alongside aspiring American astronauts. Chosen from over 4,000 applicants, Nora Al Matrooshi will be the first female Arab astronaut.
In October 2020, the UAE Space Agency joined NASA and other space agencies in signing the Artemis Accords, which aim to further collaboration on lunar exploration.