Muhammed Faris became Syria’s first Syrian astronaut in 1987, and subsequently used as a propaganda tool by President Hafez al-Assad. But when the Syrian people rose up against his son Bashar, Faris sided with the Free Syrian Army rebels. Now a refugee in Istanbul, he reflects on his exile from the beloved country he once saw from space.
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