UAE astronaut candidates begin testing in Moscow

Nine candidates competing to become the UAE’s first astronauts have arrived in Moscow to begin “mission-specific medical tests”, it was announced on Sunday.

The tests will be conducted over the course of three weeks at the Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre and at the Institute of Biomedical Problems at Russia’s State Scientific Centre.

The examinations will include a 24-hour blood pressure monitoring session, fibercolonoscopy, respiratory tests, an ultrasound of the thyroid gland and time spent in a pressure chamber. (Read more…)