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Quer mesmo fazer isso? Mesmo, mesmo? Então se prepara, pois aqui está uma bagunça. Se prepara, porque aqui você terá que estudar cada detalhe, ver aonde pisa e colocar as coisas nos seus devidos lugares. Só não revira tudo de novo, estou custando ajeitar as coisas aqui dentro. Estou cansado de começar a arrumar essa bagunça e chegar alguém que bagunce mais ainda. Não estou exigindo que você seja perfeito, só quero alguém que não me bagunce mais do que já sou bagunçado.
—  Aparatizador e Revelastes, Morte Instantânea.
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Once A National Hero, Syria's Lone Cosmonaut Is Now A Refugee In Turkey
Mohammed Faris traveled to the Mir Space Station nearly three decades ago, becoming so famous that Syria's president was jealous of him. Now he's one of the many Syrians who has fled to Turkey.

@npr recently published a great piece on Mohammed Faris, Syria’s first and only space traveler. 

Through the Soviet Union’s Interkosmos program, it was common for citizens of Soviet-friendly countries to fly into space, originally to one of the Salyut space stations and later, Mir. Although Syria was not politically aligned with the USSR, they did support some of their policies, allowing for Syria to participate in Interkosmos.

Faris was selected to train as a Cosmonaut in September, 1985, while a navigation specialist in the Syrian Air Force.

On July 22, 1987, after 10 months of training, Faris launched to the Mir space station on Soyuz TM-3. He spent just under 8 days in space, working with EO-2, the second long-duration crew of the then-new Mir space station.

His flight was the 12th mission of the Interkosmos program, which would launch a total of 15 individuals into space over 10 years.

In the Soyuz TM-3 crew portrait below, Research Cosmonaut Mohammed Faris is seen on left, with Commander Alexander Viktorenko in center and Flight Engineer Aleksandr Aleksandrov on right.