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Muhammed Faris

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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Miscellaneous
Residence: Aleppo
Country: Syrian
BirthDay: 26 May 1951
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Muhammed Faris was bornon 26 May 1951 in Aleppo, Syrian, is Aviator. Muhammed Faris is an astronaut and the first Syrian to fly into space. Besides, he is only the second Arab and Muslim to do so – the first being Saudi Arabia’s Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. After completing his studies in a military school, he served as a colonel and pilot in the Syrian Air Force. It was due to his specialization in navigation that he was selected for the prestigious Interkosmos spaceflight program, as part of Soviet space missions, and got a chance to fly to the Mir orbital space station as the first Syrian astronaut, along with two other Soviet-national cosmonauts. After conducting a series of successful research experiments in the areas of materials processing and space medicine, he traveled back to earth after spending a long week in space. The Soviet government honored him with the highest civilian decoration in the Soviet Union – Order of Lenin. He fled to Turkey in 2012 and joined the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule


After hiding for over a month, in an interview with Al Aan TV in September 2012, he revealed his reasons for defecting from Syria and quoted that he actually wanted to escape months back but was prevented due to close surveillance,


Upon successful completion of his space mission, he resumed his services in the Syrian Air Force and settled down in Aleppo, where he started training military pilots as the head of the institute, in 2001


He became the first Syrian to accompany the three-man crew as a research cosmonaut aboard the Soyuz TM-3 in a Soviet space mission to the orbital space station, Mir, on July 22, 1987


Since his specialization was navigation, he was short-listed for the Interkosmos spaceflight program and left for a training session to cosmonaut training centre, situated in Star City, Russia, in September 1985


In 1969, he enrolled in Military Pilot School at the Syrian Air Force Academy, and graduated in 1973 to join Syrian Air Force


Muhammed Ahmed Faris was born on May 26, 1951 in Aleppo, Syria

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