HOUSTON—Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will be the first Emirati to fly in space and the first Arab to visit the International Space Station (ISS). From just a brief exchange with him at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) here, it is clear he’s committed to helping his homeland and its young space program expand this journey to the Moon and, over the next century, to Mars. “We will learn more about how to work in space and how to conduct ...

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