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First Arab Woman in Space: BBC News Review

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The first Arab female astronaut, Rayyanah Barnawi, is part of a crew of space tourists who are visiting the International Space Station for eight days.

The story
The first Arab female astronaut, Rayyanah Barnawi, has blasted into space. She is part of a crew of space tourists who are visiting the International Space Station for eight days.

As well as having a holiday, the tourists will conduct independent research, according to space company, Axiom.

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✔️ 0:00 - Introduction
✔️ 0:21 - Story
✔️ 1:06 - Headline 1: Out of this world welcome for landmark astronaut arrivals on International Space Station - 9 News Australia
✔️ 3:51 - Headline 3: Axiom’s Second Flight Paves the Way for a Commercial Space Station - The Japan Times
✔️ 4:55 - Language summary

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