Sultan AlNeyadi made history when he became the first Arab astronaut to spend an extended period of time in space. His journey has been quite eventful and he’s constantly been posting on his official account on X (formerly Twitter) about the updates from space. After spending six months in space, he finally made it back to Earth this morning and we are here to give you all the details. Yes, Sultan AlNeyadi is back on earth and here’s all you need to know about his return!
Sultan AlNeyadi Is Back On Earth
— MBR Space Centre (@MBRSpaceCentre) September 4, 2023
Sultan AlNeyadi and his colleagues from Crew-6 made a safe splashdown on earth this morning at 8:17 AM (UAE time), in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville in Florida. The recovery process is underway and the crew members have finally stepped out. It should be noted that the Crew-6, which included UAE’s Emirati astronaut, Sultan AlNeyadi also included other crew members, Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, who are astronauts and Andrey Fedyaev, who is a Roscosmos cosmonaut. Once the dragon craft was placed in a dragon nest, recovery teams went inside the craft to click pictures of this momentous occasion and started the process of bringing the crew members outside.
A Brief Glimpse Into His Mission & Return Journey
لعل هذا آخر فيديو لي قبل العودة وانتهاء مهمتنا على متن محطة الفضاء الدولية..
مهمة شاركت فيها معاكم أحلى اللحظات وأهم المحطات التي لا تنسى..
شكرًا لكم جميعًا على تفاعلكم الجميل وشغفكم الأجمل بالعلم.. pic.twitter.com/uIwpknxs8B
— Sultan AlNeyadi (@Astro_Alneyadi) September 3, 2023
It should be noted that the Crew-6 spent 186 days in space. As the dragon craft entered the atmosphere of earth, Florida’s skies lit up by a glowing streak with the entry of the craft. Once this happens, the parachutes are deployed, allowing the craft to slow its dissent and make a splash down on earth. The entire process sounds interesting, doesn’t it? It should be noted that the craft left the International Space Station on September 3, Sunday for its journey back to the Earth. This has been a momentous journey for the UAE, as Sultan AlNeyadi created history by becoming the first Arab astronaut to spend an extended period of time in space and also undertaking a spacewalk.
Sultan AlNeyadi, along with the screw members will be given all the medical attention so that they can acclimatise again to the environment of the Earth. Once this is done, he will return back to the UAE where several road shows have been planned.
Cover Image Courtesy: X/Astro_Alneyadi & NASA