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Air Marshal HS Arora appointed as Vice Chief of Indian Air Force

Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora has been appointed as the new Vice Chief of Indian Air Force (IAF). He will be succeeding Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria who will take over as Chief of Air Staff on September 30 after the retirement his predecessor and the incumbent Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief ACM BS Dhanoa.

Air Marshal HS Arora currently heads the Gandhinagar headquartered South Western Air Command of Indian Air Force. Therefore, meanwhile, Air Marshal B Suresh has been appointed as Western Air Commander of Air Force.

About Air Marshal HS Arora

He was commissioned in IAF as a fighter pilot in December 1981.

He has diverse experience of accident-free operational flying including MiG 21, MiG 29 and other aircraft in IAF inventory and also helicopters.

Career: From 2006 to 2009, he was deputed as Defence Attache at Embassy of India, Bangkok, Thailand. As a Wing Commander he commanded 45 Squadron and was later the Commander of an Air Defence Direction Centre (ADDC) in Western Sector. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) and National Defence College (NDC) and is Master of Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies.

Honour: In recognition of his distinguished service, he was commended by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief in 1997. He was also awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal on 26 Jan 2011 by President of India.

UAE’s Hazza Al Mansouri became first Arab Astronaut in space

The United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) Hazza Al Mansouri became the first Emirati and the first Arab astronaut to travel to International Space Station (ISS). However he is only the 3rd Arab in space after Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia (1985), and Mohammad Faris (1987) of Syria.

He blasted into space accompanied by Oleg Skripochka of Russia and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir onboard a Soyuz MS-15 rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

About Hazza Al Mansouri

The 35-year-old is a former pilot in the UAE armed forces. He will be the first Emirati astronaut and first Arab on orbiting laboratory of ISS, but not the first Muslim.

He will spend 8 days at International Space Station (ISS) doing scientific experiments with other international astronauts.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center provided Al Mansoori with a 10kg bag, which includes important elements of Emirati heritage, culture and history, which will be placed in museums upon his return.

UAE’s Space Plans

As part of UAE’s space plans, the Arab nation has announced its aim to also become the first Arab country to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021.  The country has named its Mars mission as “Hope”.

In the long-term, UAE also plans to build a “Science City” to replicate life on Mars. It also aims to create the first human settlement on red planet by 2117.