Hazza Al Mansouri, Is The First Emirati Astronaut To Step Foot Into Space

There’s one big news driving people mad in the UAE right now. Wondering what it is? Well, the first Emirati has successfully stepped foot into space and we just can’t keep calm!

What’s It?

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 stepped into space in the Soyuz MS-15 aircraft on 25 September. Within the first ten minutes, the astronauts traveled at speeds of over 25,000 km/h until they reached space. Images and videos of the liftoff have gone viral.

A Moment Of Pride

Wishes poured in congratulating Mansour for the grand win!

Earlier, it was reported that 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 trained on Soyuz MS-15, so they are well aware of the take off procedures and know how to act during an emergency.

 

Al Mansouri and Al Neyadi trained at the centres in Europe, Germany and Houston. In addition, the astronauts also underwent a thorough medical check up, in order to ensure they were mentally and physically fit.

Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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