UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai Chairman of the Executive Council, congratulations to the first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, on his arrival safely to Earth after the completion of the historic space flight.
"We are optimistic about the new path we have opened for our generations to space."
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi:
- «We congratulate the people of the UAE this historic achievement».
Hamdan bin Mohammed:
- "A strong beginning for the UAE to enter the space discovery track."
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan congratulated the people of the UAE on this historic achievement, and stressed that they are “proud of the achievement and optimistic about the new road we have opened to our generations towards space. Mars".
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on his Twitter account, said: “We thank God for the safe arrival of Emirates son Hazza Al Mansouri to Earth after the first flight of an Arab astronaut to the International Space Station .. We are proud of the achievement and rejoice in the knowledge and experience we have gained. "We are optimistic about the new path we have opened to our generations towards space."
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said on his Twitter account: “Thank God for the safe return of Hazza Al Mansouri to Earth after a successful trip to the International Space Station. "The historic achievement is going ahead with the determination of the sons of Zayed to achieve our ambition to reach Mars."
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wrote on his Twitter account: “Congratulations to Brother Hazza Al Mansouri on his safe return to Earth, at the end of a historic journey that marks a strong start to the UAE's entry into space exploration and a clear demonstration of the ability of our sons. The UAE is challenging the impossible and achieving dreams no matter how high the ambitions are. ”
“The journey is the starting point for a new journey, which we are going to the future with all determination and determination to exceed expectations and rise to the highest levels of excellence as a true partner in making a future that is good for humanity, and ensures the people of the UAE and the people of the region more prosperity, progress and prosperity.”
The first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri arrived on Earth after the historic eight-day trip to the International Space Station, during which he conducted a series of intensive scientific experiments, where the Soyuz MS12, carrying Mansouri, and US astronauts Nick landed. Haig and Russian Alexei Offshinin, in a plain in the southeast of the city of Gizkazgan in Karaganda, central Kazakhstan, at 2:59 pm yesterday, Mansouri was transferred to the city of Stars in Russia, and will be observed for two to three weeks.
Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center announced the details of the return flight, which started to close the entrance of the Soyuz MS12 at 8.20am yesterday morning, UAE time, and after tests to ensure that there is no leakage, was given a signal of full readiness, and the vehicle broke off At 11:37 am, the station was heading towards the ground.
As soon as they landed, the astronauts were transported to Earth for tests, following the procedure with the astronauts on their return from space. To check his health.
Al Mansouri was received at the landing site by the Director of the Emirates Astronaut Program, Eng. Salem Al Marri, the Director of the Astronauts Office at the Center, Saeed Karmastji, and a specialized international medical team. The Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, and the Director General of the Center Yousef Hamad Al-Shaibani, and several members of the Center's team, return to Earth from the Control Center of the Russian Space Agency's Earth Station in Moscow.
Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri said: “We receive the UAE Ambassador to Space, Hazza Al Mansouri, back to Earth, carrying the results of scientific experiments important to humanity and the international community, conducted on board the International Space Station; to open the way for the Arab youth to new hopes and dreams in this sector.”
He added: «Today we are making a historic shift in the space sector, with the completion of a new success story for the UAE, during which one of its sons launched with him (the ambition of Zayed) and the flag of the state to rise high among the stars of the sky».
For his part, Al-Shaibani said: “We are living today with bright historical moments in the UAE, with the return of the first Emirati astronaut, and we prove that we are able to turn our dreams into reality, not only that, but we are able to revive the civilizational renaissance in the Arab world. Emirates anytime, anywhere ».
Hazza al-Mansouri returned on board the Soyuz MS12, made up of the Orbital Unit, the Docking Unit and the Landing Unit, where he was accompanied by Russian astronauts Alexei Ovchinin and American Nick Haig. At the station since last March.
Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center explained that the separation process started about three and a half hours before landing, and minutes after the separation, the engines of the vehicle worked faster, to reach a safe distance from the station, then began to land at a certain speed, and then directed The vehicle itself is involved in what is known as “braking maneuver”, to reduce the landing speed.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during a visit to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai last Friday, telephoned Hazza Al Mansouri and congratulated him on the safe access to the International Space Station. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, congratulated His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on his ambition to reach space. .
Al Mansouri expressed his thanks and gratitude to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the support, encouragement and support, stressing that the leadership provides a model to support its people, challenge the impossible, and provide opportunities for young people in all Fields.
Al Mansouri expressed his pride in being the first Emirati and the first Arab to address the earth in Arabic from the International Space Station, and the first to carry the UAE flag into space, hoping that the experiments conducted by him and his colleagues will serve humanity.
The center said that when the vehicle reached an altitude of about 128 km from the surface of the ground, began the stage of the "entry interface", which got rid of two-thirds of its mass, and began friction with the atmosphere, and at this stage the crew worked to slow down the speed of the vehicle, and began to land at a speed of 230 meters In the second, its speed was gradually reduced until it reached a few meters per second, and minutes before landing, began the stage of deployment of umbrellas, in which four umbrellas were opened, including one large called «anchor», or «clouds», an area of 24 square meters , Which significantly slowed the landing of the vehicle, reaching a speed of about 79 meters in For a second.
In the final stage of the landing, a giant canopy was launched with an area of 10,767 square meters, to control the angle and degree of descent of the vehicle, in addition to slowing down the movement very significantly, to seven meters per second, and seconds before the main landing, three small engines began to work, To reduce the speed of landing to the maximum degree to go down comfortably.
Following the landing of the spacecraft and locating it in a plain, a team of specialized rescuers rushed to the scene, and the parachute ropes were cut, to prevent the capsule from being pulled out of the capsule, the spacecraft's valves were opened, and the astronauts were helped out of the spacecraft.
Al-Mansouri conducted 16 scientific experiments in cooperation with international partners, including the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos), and the US Space Agency (NASA), including six experiments on the International Space Station. In the microgravity environment, which is almost zero-gravity, to study the interaction of human body biomarkers in space, compared to experiments conducted on the surface of the Earth, and study the indicators of bone condition, disorders in motor activity, perception and perception of time in astronauts, in addition to fluid dynamics in Space, the effect of living q Space in humans, and this is the first time that this type of research where someone from the Arab region.
In an unprecedented achievement, Al Mansouri recorded the first video tour in Arabic of the International Space Station, explaining the components of the station, the devices and equipment on board, as well as an overview of the daily lives of astronauts aboard the station. He also recorded several videos documenting life aboard the International Space Station and its components, as well as the activities of the astronauts, and recording his diary for 15 minutes every day.
Al Mansouri briefed his fellow astronauts on board the station on the most prominent customs and traditions of the UAE, and presented them with three Emirati dishes, where the Russian «Space Food Lab» company prepared these dishes for the space, where the food is prepared for astronauts, according to specific requirements to provide balanced nutrition And at the same time ensure that they are easy to carry, store, and use in an almost non-attractive environment.
Al Mansouri read two children's stories entitled Amal and Khalifa, the first Arab astronaut to record stories for children aboard the International Space Station, in a move that will stimulate the passion of new generations, and give them the incentive to cognitive excellence, and inform them on an area that has never been before, which is one of the most important Areas in which the UAE is focused in its quest for the future.
Al Mansoori sent a number of videos and pictures taken by the planet, in addition to photographs taken from the UAE from space. .
Al Mansoori, in a live video call on the fourth day of the mission, presented the selected drawings from the Send To Space initiative, launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.
While aboard the International Space Station, Al Mansoori communicated twice daily with the Earth Station at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai to discuss his daily schedule and the tasks assigned to him on the International Space Station.
Dr. Hanan Al-Suwaidi, an astronaut physician, was in daily contact with the UAE astronaut, who had been following his health throughout his time in space, and found the international team to receive him immediately after his return, to check on his health and to conduct the necessary medical examinations.
Mansouri: I am proud to be the first to speak Arabic at the space station
UAE astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri expressed his pride in being the UAE and the Arab world aboard the International Space Station, and was the first Arabic-speaking astronaut inside the station. "I gained a lot of knowledge during my trip to the station and I am eager to return to my country, so I can pass on this knowledge to the people of the UAE and the Arab world," Al Mansouri said at a press conference held in Kazakhstan yesterday.
Concerning how he felt seeing the ground as he returned from the station, al-Mansouri said the landing was smooth, because they had done everything they had trained on, adding that he felt a great feeling, during the landing of the vehicle.
He added that the experience added to him a lot of knowledge, and proud, pointing out that the UAE continues in its space program, under the guidance and support of the leadership of the State.