National Geographic, in partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, has released a short film documenting Hazza Al Mansouri's journey as the first Emirati astronaut to arrive at the International Space Station.

The film, which will be broadcast this evening, will also be known as Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, an alternative astronaut. The film is part of the National Geographic partnership and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, which spans four years. National Geographic presents a series of films documenting the UAE's space journey.

The film sheds light on the life of Al Mansouri and Al Neyadi to introduce the viewer to the dreams of the childhood of the first Emirati astronauts and their aspirations in space exploration.

The National Geographic documentary, along with short episodes, takes viewers behind the scenes to learn about Mansouri and Neyadi's intense training, as well as the final preparations for the duo before the space flight.

Hazza al-Mansouri said: “I remember when I was in fourth grade I saw a book about Arab astronaut Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and I dreamed to achieve this, so I joined the Air Force to get as close to the stars as I can, now I am as close as ever Go on embracing my dreams, and going into space. ''

Sultan al-Neyadi said, “I think our journey is an extension of what our ancestors started. They have studied astronomy and stars for centuries, and now it is our turn to explore space and fly the UAE flag aboard the International Space Station. We are the nation's ambassadors and hope to get the job done. ”

The documentary shows rare footage of the development of the Khalifa Sat satellite in the clean rooms of the space technology labs at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, which was entirely developed and developed by a team of UAE engineers.

He also touches on the promising space projects in the UAE, especially those related to missions to Mars, and focuses on the Emirates space exploration project «probe of hope», which will launch its mission in 2020 to reach Mars by 2021, coinciding with the anniversary of the One year after the establishment of the UAE.

It is noteworthy that the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center is responsible for the implementation and supervision of the stages of the design, implementation and dispatch of the space probe Hope.

Hazza Mansouri planting a tree

In the tradition of the astronauts aboard the spacecraft to the International Space Station, UAE astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri planted a tree at the Astronauts Park Pass at the Baikonur Space Center.

The tradition goes back to 1961, when Yuri Gagarin, the first man to go into space, planted a tree ahead of the flight, and since then astronauts have made that tradition before their first flight.


The current kicks off Hazza

Mansouri on his journey

To the space station