100 days from now, the UAE will have one big news breaking open. Wondering what it is? Well, the first Emirati will be stepping foot into space and we just can’t wait for the blast-off.
.@MBRSpaceCentre: Emirati first astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori joins Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir for the historic mission to International Space Station on Sep 25. Backup flight crew are #UAE's Sultan AlNeyadi, Sergey Ryzhikov and Thomas Marshburn. #Dubai #UAE pic.twitter.com/uRgbmVAA5A
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) June 17, 2019
Hazza Al Mansouri has been training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia. Hazza, along with his backup astronaut- Sultan Al Neyadi will step into space in the Soyuz MS-15 aircraft on 25 September. Currently, the final leg of preparations are in full swing.
Only 100 days left until the launch of the first Emirati Astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori (@astro_hazzaa) aboard the Soyuz MS-15. #UAEAstronauts Show your excitement in the comment below! pic.twitter.com/wUogKMG7FK
— MBR Space Centre (@MBRSpaceCentre) June 17, 2019
Al Mansouri will spend eight days in space before returning to earth. The mission also has aboard -Roscosmos commander Oleg Skripochka, and American astronaut, Jessica Meir. The crew is currently training on Soyuz MS-15, so they are well aware of the take off procedures and know how to act during an emergency.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 5, 2019
Salem Al Merri, head of UAE Astronaut Programme said: “We are proud of the level that the astronauts have reached due to their huge effort and the support provided to them. They gained a lot of experience through the intensive training that they underwent so far, which qualifies them to carry out the task perfectly.”
In their next lap, Al Mansouri and Al Neyadi will be training at the centres in Europe, Germany and Houston. In addition, the astronauts will undergo a thorough medical check up, in order to ensure they are mentally and physically fit.
Good luck to the team!