Amman over the moon

17 September 2004
Amman has announced plans to create a $150 million space centre, including a museum, space school and science-themed entertainment complex. The complex is being developed by Russia's state-owned Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), which has applied to build the complex on a 40-hectare site near the capital.

The first stage, scheduled for completion in November 2005, will produce the space museum. A two-year second stage will feature a space adventure park. Project sources say the investment was originally scheduled for Dubai, but was switched to Jordan after King Abdullah's early-September visit to Moscow.

As part of the project, a Jordanian pilot will undergo six months of cosmonaut training in Russia. The only two Arab astronauts are Saudi Prince Bandar bin Salman and Syria's Mohammad Fares.

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