Yasmine Moghbeli.. Who is the Iranian-American who led the Dragon crew into space?

Although it is Yasmine Moghbeli's first trip to space, the American of Iranian origin led a crew consisting of 4 individuals from four different countries, which will be home to the International Space Station during the next six months.

The crew arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, after its SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, which was carried by a Falcon 9 rocket, docked. It was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in the presence of about ten thousand people who gathered. To attend the take-off process.

Yasmine Moghbeli

The four new crew members are NASA astronaut Yasmine Moghbeli, the European Space Agency astronaut who is traveling for the second time, Andreas Mogensen, the JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut who is also participating for the second time, Satoshi Furukawa, and the astronaut who is participating for the first time. Roscosmos Konstantin Borisov joins the current group of seven astronauts on the International Space Station.

The new crew replaces four astronauts who have been living there since last March.

Moqbeli, a pilot from the US Navy, expressed her pride and pride in the task of leading the crew, as she said, “We may have a crew of four people from 4 different countries... but we are a united team with a common mission,” adding, “This is something I have always wanted to do.”

Yasmine Moghbeli.. Who is the Iranian-American who led the Dragon crew into space?

 A crew of four from four different countries on a joint mission to the International Space Station

Moghbeli's parents fled Iran during the 1979 revolution. Born in Germany and raised on Long Island, New York, she joined the Marines and flew attack helicopters in Afghanistan.

Moghbeli, who is traveling to space for the first time, hopes to show Iranian girls that they too are capable of achieving high-level goals. “Belief in yourself is a really powerful thing,” she said before the trip.

Moqbeli, 40, points out: “One of the things that excites me the most is looking at our beautiful planet.”

She continued, "Everyone I spoke to who had gone on space trips said that it is a perspective that has an impact on life, and that swimming in space seems to be fun."

The mission crew will spend six months on the International Space Station, where its members will conduct scientific experiments, including collecting samples during exits into space, to find out whether the station is releasing microorganisms through the air vents of the life support system on board the station.

The goal is to find out whether these microorganisms are able to survive and reproduce in space.

Another experiment aims to study the physiological differences between sleeping on Earth and sleeping in space.