Saturday, 07 December, 2019


UAE makes history as Hazzaa Al Mansoori arrives safely at the ISS

International Space Station welcomes first Emirati astronaut UAE makes history as Hazzaa Al Mansoori arrives safely at the ISS
Kristine Garrett | 27 September, 2019, 20:38

In Dubai, a crowd gathered at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre to watch the launch, erupting in cheers and dubbing Mansoori a national hero.

During his eight-day mission aboard the ISS, the Emirati astronaut will be tasked with conducting an array of scientific experiments, including experiments produced by 16 schools across the UAE.

Hazzaa al-Mansoori became the first astronaut from the UAE to fly to the International Space Station on Wednesday.

Hazzaa al Mansoori and two other astronauts - United States astronaut Jessica Meir and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka - took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan en route to the International Space Station shortly before 10 am Eastern Time.

Overall, the crew of the ISS-61/62 expedition is set to carry out over 50 experiments under the program of applied research, including three new experiments.

"This mission is a great milestone for me, personally, and for my country, as well, the United Arab Emirates, and for the whole Arab region,"Almansoori said". Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper, lit up the moment of blast-off at 5:57 p.m. local time. "Could well possibly additionally merely Allah grant me success in this mission", he mentioned.

"We are all proud of being representatives of our homeland on the International Space Station and raising the UAE flag onboard", Almansoori and his fellow Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi said in a phone call on Monday with Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, according to the Emirates News Agency. At a pre-flight conference, Meir, 42, said the crew communicated by using "Runglish" - a mixture of Russian and English.

Here's what you need to know about Meir and her upcoming mission.

Russian Orthodox clergymen blessed the spacecraft forward of the launch, in a conventional prayer service typically held earlier than Russian rocket launches. Once they arrive at the orbiting laboratory, they will be welcomed by station commander and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, NASA astronauts Christina Koch, Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan, Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano.

Meir, Skripochka and Al Mansouri are scheduled for launch at 9:45 a.m.

The first Arab in outer space was Saudi Arabia's Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud, who flew on a US shuttle mission in 1985.

Two years later, Syrian air pressure pilot Muhammed Faris spent every week aboard the Soviet Union's Mir house station.

As segment of its attach plans, the UAE has also launched its aim to change into the first Arab country to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021, naming it "Hope". The Soyuz began orbital maneuvers to get the right orientation to the desired orbit, and entreed Earth's orbit while increasing altitude and reaching the ISS at approximately 408 km. Russian Federation is resolved to keep its position as a leader of the space industry, particularly for manned space flights. Remove the total Live TV action on HEADLINEZPRO 24×7 and HEADLINEZPRO India.

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