Morocco continues to garner global attention as more Moroccans shine in various fields on the global stage.
Rabat – Rihab Sadik, 27, attended the launching of the International Space Station (ISS) crew members who went on a spacewalk last Friday to repair the space station’s old batteries.
Sadik, an ISS Biomedical Flight Controller and Medical Operations Data Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center, was part of the ISS team that attended the launch of two astronauts, NASA’s Christina Koch and Nick Hague on March 29.
Koch and Hague completed a seven-hour spacewalk, replacing the six nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries to upgrade and maintain the ISS which serves as a space environment research laboratory. Crew members conduct experiments in biology, physics, astronomy, and other fields.
As a biomedical controller and part of the ground ISS staff on the ground, Rihab keeps an eye on the astronauts’ health and their vital signs such as their heart rate, blood oxygen level, blood pressure, skin temperature, and breathing volume.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1992, Sadik moved with her parents to the United States when she was 9 years old.
Sadik received a Bachelor’s degree in science and biomedical engineering from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
In November 2016, KBRwyle, a global government services business recruited her to become a NASA biomedical controller.
This is not the first time that a Moroccan is associated with a watershed moment in science around the world.
Moroccan scientist Kamal Oudrhirhi, head of NASA’s Planetary Studies Department, contributed to several NASA projects including the InSight Mars project.
The InSight Mars Lander successfully touched down on Mars on Monday, November 26, with the aim of analyzing the internal composition of Mars.
Born in Fez, Ourdhiri has worked for NASA for more than 20 years after he completed his graduate studies in space communication in the US.
The scientist has been recognized with several NASA achievement honor awards from the global science community.