Professor Rana Nicholas is not only a physicist, she is also an astronaut in the making.
Rana Nicolas is a member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), and also a regular reviewer in the Plasmonics Journal, and the Nanospectroscopy Journal. She has co-authored many scientific articles in her field. Among 500 participants, she has proven to be one of the 12 candidates chosen to compete in the Dubai TV show "Astronaut."
"Astronaut" is a new ten-part series in which 12 men and women from all over the Middle East go through the most extreme and demanding selection process reserved for real-life astronaut candidates.
The 12, who come from different backgrounds as pilots, scientists, and explorers, share the same passion for space exploration. They passed through an evaluation process based on criteria set by the space agencies, not to mention their experiences and talents reflective of their dedication to achieving their goals. Among 500 participants, Rana Nicholas was among the selected few.
During the competition, they were under the watchful eyes of the former astronaut and Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield, as well as the Head Operations Management of UAE astronaut program at MBRSC, Saud Karmustaji, and the clinical psychologist, Dr. Luma Naccache.
These experts are the decision-makers on who leaves and who remains in the competition until the announcement of the ultimate candidate who can prove to have what it takes to be an astronaut.
Rana, who returned a year ago to Lebanon after 7 years in France, dreams of a better country. By participating in the show Astronaut, she is taking her first step in realizing her dreams.
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