Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi raise the UAE flag in Baikonur before taking it to space.
With just 10 days left before the much-anticipated launch of the multinational mission to ISS, Emirati astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi are limbering up, in right earnest, for the groundbreaking event.
The final tests included simulating a number of crew emergency situations during take-off, landing, and docking, while on board the ISS.
Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum made a phone call to Emirati astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi before they started their 15-day quarantine period ahead of the launch of their mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The ship, carrying more than 550,000 liters of smuggled fuel, was seized in Gulf waters and escorted to harbour, where it was handed to judicial authorities for the necessary investigations, the agency added.
Ukraine, a major agricultural producer, used to export most of its goods through seaports but since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion it has been forced to export by train via its western border or via its small Danube river ports.
More than 260 Ukrainian fighters — some of them seriously wounded and taken out on stretchers — left the ruins of the Azovstal plant on Monday and turned themselves over to the Russian side in a deal negotiated by the warring parties.