The first UAE astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri will be separated from his trip to the International Space Station, which will start on September 25, while the Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, Director of the Emirates Astronaut Program, Salem Al Marri, revealed that Over the next two decades, the UAE aims to reach the moon and explore Mars and meteorites.

The main crew of the mission to the International Space Station include the UAE astronaut Hazza Al-Mansouri, Oleg Skriposchka and Jessica Mir, while the alternative crew includes UAE astronaut Sultan Al-Neyadi, astronauts Sergey Rizikov and Thomas Marshburn.

The crew is currently in the midst of a pre-flight period of eight days at the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome space base in Kazakhstan, with the return on October 4 aboard the Soyuz MS. 12 ”.

Al-Marri said in a press statement that he will be entrusted with Mansouri several tasks within the station, and conduct 16 scientific experiments selected from the competition «Science in Space», which participated students of the schools of the UAE. It will also study the impact of microgravity compared to Earth's gravity in the human body, as well as the extent of interaction of its vital indicators within the station, and compared with the Earth before and after the flight; in the first study of an Arab, and compared with the results of astronauts from other nationalities.

He added that «for the first time, Al-Mansouri will accompany the Arab public in an introductory tour, during which he will explain the sections and components of the international station in Arabic», thus becoming a scientific reference documented in Arabic.

He described the astronaut's schedule, while aboard the station, that it will be a raft of scientific activities, and every hour of the day has tasks to do, and will conduct astronaut research in several areas, for example, will study the interaction of human body biomarkers inside the station , Compared to the ground before and after the flight.

He pointed out that, for the first time, this type of research will be conducted on a person from our Arab region, the UAE astronaut, where the results will be compared with research conducted on astronauts from different regions of the world.

The passion of astronaut Hazza Al-Mansouri, according to press statements, began from a young age, where he was standing in front of the sand dunes in the Liwa area, to see the stars and lay in the dream of access to the world of space, until the dream became a reality.

`` It was a historic moment for me, when I received a call telling me that I was selected for the Emirates Astronaut program. I remembered when the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan met American astronauts in 1976, I imagined that his dream was to see astronauts. Emiratis, and now the sons of Zayed achieve this dream.

`` We have responded to the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, when he called for the astronauts' applications, and I have been encouraged by everyone.I am now proud to be selected from more than 4,022 candidates, and my family has had full support.

Astronaut Sultan al-Neyadi said: “My dream started in Umm Ghafa in Al Ain with stars and I saw the ends of the galaxies. I was studying science about people who were reaching the moon, and I felt, could I become an astronaut?” He entered the military corps nearly 20 years, including a bachelor's degree in information technology, master's and doctoral degrees, to his leg of fate in 2017 to enter the first scientific event of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, and a month after the event launched His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai This has turned the dream into reality by launching the Emirates Astronaut Program.


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