Omar Samra: The Axe Apollo Space Academy reveals it's final crew
The only Arab to win a ticket to space
After receiving one million submissions from hopefuls across the globe, 107 brave space explorers were selected from 60 countries to gather in Cape Canaveral, Florida this week for the final stage of the Axe Apollo Space Academy - to prove they have what it takes to be an astronaut.
Under the stewardship of A.A.S.A. head and astronaut legend Buzz Aldrin, 23 extraordinary recruits, including one from Egypt, have been selected to complete the final crew that will journey into suborbital space.
Omar Samra excelled during a series of missions that gave all recruits a taste of the thrills and trials faced by real astronauts. Among the series of training missions, the 35-year-old inspiration mastered piloting an Air Combat USA aircraft and braced himself for the strength of blast off in a G-Force Simulator at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex.
An active adventurer, mountaineer, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker - Samra is the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest and to complete the Seven Summits challenge in May this year, climbing the highest mountain on each continent.
"I am delighted to have won the opportunity to achieve a childhood dream, especially amidst such difficult competition of one million applicants from 68 nations. I hope this journey will inspire others to stretch their own personal boundaries to make their dreams come true", he said.