According to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, the remaining period of the flight of Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut to the International Space Station, is 29 days, as it will start the flight from the «Baikonur» space in Kazakhstan, on September 25 at 05:56 One minute at night, Emirates time, arrival will be at midnight.
Mansouri is the first Arab to participate in practical research in space, where he will carry out 16 scientific experiments, including six experiments on board the station.
The Center pointed out that the preparations for this mission began on the third of September 2018, through various exercises for both Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi, in preparation for the mission.
This came during a press conference, organized by the Center yesterday, in Dubai, which revealed the stages of preparation of the astronaut Mansouri, before and after the flight, and the tasks that will be performed on board the station, and what it will carry with him.
“Scientific experiments and research will greatly contribute to enriching human knowledge and come up with a database that can be shared with various local and international bodies, which in turn will open new horizons in the global scientific community,” said Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center.
Al-Shaibani announced the conclusion of partnerships and cooperation agreements with local and federal institutions and institutions, from various fields, to be part of the event, including a partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences, as the Center chose through the UAE Medical University Hanan Al-Suwaidi, «astronaut doctor» in The Center also collaborates with the Emirates Foundation, which supports and inspires the younger generation to develop their abilities, and collaborates with the Emirates Wireless Association to communicate with Hazza through wireless radio.
Astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri will conduct 16 scientific experiments in cooperation with international space agencies, including the Russian Roskosmos and the European Space Agency «ESA», including six experiments on the International Space Station to study the interaction of biomarkers of the human body in space, compared to experiments conducted on the surface of the Earth. Study of bone status indicators, disorders of motor activity, perception and perception of time in astronauts, as well as fluid dynamics in space, and the impact of living in space on humans.
For his part, Assistant Director-General for Scientific and Technical Affairs at the Center, Director of the Emirates Astronaut Program, Salem Al Marri: «With the arrival of Hazza Al Mansouri next September to the International Station, the United Arab Emirates will become the No. 19 country, which will contribute to scientific research through data Al-Mansouri will provide it linked to the human body and life, especially as he will be the first astronaut from the Arab region to participate in this research ».
Al-Marri added: “The Arabs will return to space after 32 years with the participation of UAE astronaut Hazza Al-Mansouri, where the importance of his participation in the mission, being the first Arab to be tested to identify changes in the body of a person from the Arab region participated in the trip to the station.”
He pointed out that the astronaut undergoes 16 scientific experiments, whether biological, physical or chemical, to observe the impact of space in several aspects, including motor activity, bone condition, heart condition, and others.
In response to a question by Emirates Today about the role of astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi after the launch of Hazza Al Mansouri's flight, Al Marri said that Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center will benefit from the experience gained by Al Neyadi during his training as an alternative astronaut, while his role ends. As an astronaut after the flight, he added that if the state targets another astronaut to the earth station, Neyadi is open to the experiment again.
He pointed out that the Emirates Astronaut Program, which is supervised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, is the first integrated program in the Arab region to prepare national cadres involved in spaceflight, and carry out various scientific tasks that help to improve the lives of humans on Earth. Today, we rise to space to improve our lives on Earth. ”
He added: «The stage before the launch to the International Station, an important factor, in the success of space flights in general and scientific experiments, where work is to maintain the safety of the crew of astronauts during this period, in a clean environment; to avoid any diseases before the launch to the station The two astronauts will be isolated for two weeks before launching in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in preparation for launch on September 25, 2019.In this period of isolation, the primary and alternative flight crew are in a frictionless location with the outside world. ».
Immediately before the flight, health experts are working to sterilize the cabin of the Russian spacecraft «Soyuz MS15», in addition to putting the astronauts in the so-called «clean room», where they are subjected and the cargo, which goes with them to the International Station, the last sanitation sterilization; For the takeoff flight.
On the eve of their departure to the International Space Station, the astronauts will hold a press conference to answer journalists' questions.
“The astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori will plant a tree in the passage of the astronauts park at the Baikonur Space Center, as part of the tradition of astronauts leaving for the first time. , Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and all the people of the UAE and the Arab world ».
Mr. Adnan Al Rayes, Director of the Mars 2117 Program at the Center and Earth Station Officer, said: “A dedicated team of UAE engineers are working at the Earth Control Station to manage the mission of the first astronaut to board the International Space Station through communication, reception and distribution of information. On other earth stations, which include four. ”
He added that «the earth station will be responsible for receiving information, videos and pictures, in addition to the results of scientific experiments, which will be conducted by the UAE astronaut, Hazza Mansouri, aboard the International Space Station».
“The scientific mission of Hazza Al Mansouri is divided into three axes, the first axis includes scientific experiments, and the second axis includes experiments of (Science in Space) initiative, which were selected based on The school curriculum in the country, while the third axis includes educational initiatives, in coordination with the European Space Agency and the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) ».
Fatma Al-Sumaiti, an operations management specialist at the center, reported that Hazza Al-Mansouri will take him to the International Space Station, which includes the book “My Story” by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and 10 kilograms of items. Symbols related to the heritage, culture and history of the UAE, including the UAE flag and logos, which can be returned from the International Space Station to Earth after the seal of the station, as it will be placed in state museums, in addition to 30 seeds of Ghaf tree, and will return to Earth from space to be planted in To celebrate the UAE Mother tolerance.
Al-Mansouri will take him to the International Space Station, the UAE flag made of 100% silk, and a picture of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, with a delegation of Apollo astronauts, in addition to a copy of the Koran, and will carry with him Winning stories, poems and drawings in the "Send to Space" competition.
UAE No. 19
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest laboratory in outer space, and in 20 years has received more than 230 astronauts from 18 countries to date, and with the arrival of Hazza Al Mansouri in September, the UAE will be the 19th country to send an astronaut to the station. It is determined to conduct in-depth scientific research in various scientific disciplines, whether chemical, biological, physical, space and earth sciences in order to develop the humanities, and to reach scientific exploration was not accessible on the surface of the earth.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center will be assigned a space at its headquarters to follow the launch to the International Space Station, as well as landing. The center will also be transferred directly to Hazza Al Mansouri, while on board the International Space Station, through a number of live sessions, some of which will be sound and image and sound The Emirates Foundation runs these events that will bring together students and the public.
The earth station is responsible for receiving the results of the scientific experiments of the astronaut Hazza Mansouri.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center will benefit from the experience gained during the training period.
Mansouri will carry out 16 scientific experiments, including six on board.