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Muhammed Faris

Aviator from Syria

Muhammed Faris Muhammed Ahmed Faris (Arabic: محمد أحمد فارس‎; born 26 May 1951) is a Syrian military aviator. He was the first Syrian and the second Arab in space. Born in Aleppo, Syria, he was a pilot in the Syrian Air Force with the rank of a colonel. He specialized in navigation when he was selected to participate in the Intercosmos spaceflight program on 30 September 1985. He flew as Research Cosmonaut in the Interkosmos program on Soyuz TM-3 to the Mir space station in July 1987, spending 7 days 23 hours and 5 minutes in space. He returned to Earth aboard Soyuz TM-2. Muhammed Faris was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union on 30 July 1987. He was also awarded the Order of Lenin. After his spaceflight, he returned to the Syrian Air Force and lives in Aleppo. He is married and has three children. On 4 August 2012, during the Syrian civil war, he defected from Assad's government and joined the armed opposition.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1951-05-26
Place of birth
Aleppo
Nationality
Syria
Profession
Aviator

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