Saudi Arabia's first female astronaut heads to space

STORY: Saudi Arabia’s first female astronaut heads into space

Rayyanah Barnawi is a scientist specializing in cancer stem-cell research

She heads to the International Space Station to focus on advancing breast cancer research

The mission, run by Axiom Space, is expected to last eight days

(Haithem Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi Space Commission Advisor)

"Rayyanah is a very good scientist, she has done very well in her field of science and accordingly she was selected as one of the astronauts that will be able to fulfill the experiment that they will do on the International Space Station."