Muhammed Faris

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Muhammed Faris
Muhammed Ahmed Faris.jpg
Interkosmos Research Cosmonaut
Nationality Syrian
Status Retired
Born (1951-05-26) 26 May 1951 (age 70)
Aleppo, Syria
Other names
Muhammed Ahmed Faris
Other occupation
Rank General, Syrian Air Force[1]
Time in space
7d 23h 04min
Selection 1985 Intercosmos Group
Missions Mir EP-1 (Soyuz TM-3 / Soyuz TM-2)
Mission insignia
Soyuz TM-3 mission patch.svg
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin

Muhammed Ahmed Faris (Arabic: محمد أحمد فارس‎‎; 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.[2]

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.[3][4]

On 13 September 2012, made an exclusive interview with Al Aan TV and covered many topics regarding the Syrian civil war.[5]

See also


  1. "Syria's first astronaut defects to Turkey: report". ArabNews. Retrieved August 5, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. (Russian) Biography at the website on Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia
  3. "Syria's first astronaut defects to Turkey: report". ArabNews. Retrieved 5 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. رائد الفضاء اللواء محمد فارس يعلن انشقاقه on YouTube
  5. Al Aan, Akhbar (13 September 2012). "لقاء خاص مع رائد الفضاء السوري المنشق محمد فارس". Akhbar Al Aan. Retrieved September 23, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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