What Ever Happened to that Egyptian Who Was to Become the First of His Kind to Travel to Space?
A history of claiming to be the first Egyptian to conquer an incredible feat, Omar Samra decided that he would become the first Egyptian to travel to space.
His plan was to hop aboard a private US-owned spacecraft and take a ride. While in pursuit of such accomplishment, because of Egyptians lack of space travel throughout history, he wants fellow Egyptians to study up on space travel so that they can perhaps become involved in the future of the global space exploration community.
Whatever happened to this guy?
He accomplished some pretty impressive feats in his career as an explorer. He was the first Egyptian to climb Mt. Everest and became one of the first 40 people in history to accomplish the Explorer’s Grand Slam. And after doing these incredible things, he wanted to next become the first Egyptian to visit space.
Where in the world is he?
He did take some steps towards traveling to space. XCOR, in 2013, held an international space travel competition, which Samra participated in. He had to create a profile on the competition’s webpage, and gain enough votes to become a finalist. He became one of the 100 finalists. Hooray!
The next step, they tested his aptitude: physical strength, his ability to sustain in zero-gravity conditions, co-piloting skills, knowledge of physics and teamwork skills.
Twenty three finalists resulted from those hundreds, but unfortunately, Samra wasn’t selected. Darn it!
Samra, from this point, just kept his head into the studies of space travel, as he did not have a strong background or strong knowledgebase of the subject. He did however have the mental and physical capacity to deal with the conditions of space travel, as he has persistently climbed the highest mountains in the world, of course.
Last I heard, in 2016, he was planning a tour of 100 schools to raise the interest levels in space travel. And, he was also working to open a space camp for children in Egypt. I also heard that he was a part of another space travel program, but it has been kept quiet.
Where is Omar Samra?
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