Muhammed Faris : biography
Muhammed Ahmed Faris ( 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. at the website on Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia
After his spaceflight, he returned to the Syrian Air Force and lived 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.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAEKtby9Ymk
On 13 September 2012, made an exclusive interview with Al Aan TV and covered many topics regarding the Syrian civil war.
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