The crews visited the RSC Progress subsidiary assembly facility to inspect the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket and also the Baikonur Cosmodrome museum.
On Sept.20, the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft prime and backup crews performed the second “fitting” – check inspection of the crewed spacecraft in the launch set at the pad No. 254 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
After the introductory briefing, the crews entered the Soyuz vehicle in turn, reconfirmed the equipment sets to be delivered to the International Space Station, and checked the workability of various systems including the communication system in the test mode.
Later the crews went on to visit the RSC Progress subsidiary assembly facility to inspect the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket and visited the Baikonur Cosmodrome museum. The cosmonauts and astronauts left their signatures on the autograph stand and wrote commemorative inscriptions and wishes in the guest book.
The Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-15 crewed spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Sept.25, 2019 from the launch pad No.1 (Gagarin’s start) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The prime crew includes Oleg Skripochka (Russia), Jessica Meir (USA) and Hazzaa Al Mansoori (UAE), the backup crew consists of Sergey Ryzhikov (Russia), Thomas Marshburn (USA) and Sultan Al Neyadi (UAE).
ESA aids spaceflight
A report by the European Space Agency says that the MBRSC operations support centre is equipped with two fully functional consoles, connecting UAE support personnel with the International Space Station via ESA’s Columbus Control Centre and Eurocom team.
Hazza will return to Earth in the Russian Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft on Oct.3 with Nasa astronaut Nick Hague and Roscomos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. The trio’s departure will mark the start of Expedition 61 as Luca takes on the role of International Space Station commander.
Earlier, the National Geographic, in partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), declared on Wednesday the release of the first long film documenting the UAE’s extraordinary journey into space. The brand-new documentary, which is the first of a 4-part film series, was scheduled to premiere on Sept.19 ahead of the historic International Space Station (ISS) Mission take-off.
The film will be aired for the first time on September 19, 8pm, UAE time and will be repeated on 22 at 10pm and 23 at 8pm.
It is accompanied by short vignettes with exclusive coverage on the astronauts’ final preparations for their upcoming Mission. With the imminent space mission launch, the vignettes spotlight Al Mansouri and Al Neyadi’s intensive training with prime and backup flight crews in Russia, after completing training with the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA.
It highlights the life of both astronauts and their dreams and aspirations. It also follows the stages of their journey to the ISS and their daily life on it.
Recently, the UAE’s first astronaut, Hazzaa Al Mansoori, documented his training at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, through a 60-second video, which he posted as a story on his personal Instagram account. In the video, he appeared to be training on the brutal rotating chair, in order to stimulate the balance system in the inner ear, according to his comment. The experiment helps reduce the side effects on the human body incurred by lack of gravity in space, according to Yamama Bedwan, Staff Reporter.
In another comment, he added that he successfully completed the 10-minute rotating chair training on his sixth day at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where he is preparing for a space flight to the International Space Station after 8 days, as part of the S61 Expedition crew that is composed of the first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori, American astronaut Jessica Meir and Russian commander Oleg Skripochka.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center also posted on its Instagram page a video in which Hazza Al Mansoori appeared to answer the question “How do astronauts reach the International Space Station (ISS)?”, replying: “Currently, the only way for astronauts to reach the ISS is the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. There was another way: the US space shuttle, which stopped in 2011.”
As part of the pre-launch arrangements for the International Space Station (ISS) , and according to the traditions followed before astronauts are aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS, the UAE astronaut Haza’a Al Mansouri planted a tree in the corridors of the Astronauts Park at the Baikonur Space Centre.
In less than 90 hours, Emirati astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori takes off for the International Space Station, much to the cheer of a new spacefaring nation, UAE.
The prime crew continued their preflight preparations at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The main crew include Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka (commander), NASA astronaut Jessica Meir (flight engineer) and space flight participant Hazzaa Al Mansouri (UAE).
MBRSC has given the online community a chance to direct questions to Hazzaa AlMansoori through the hashtag #AskHazzaa. He will then answer selected questions during the live sessions.
The brand-new documentary, which is the first of a 4-part film series, premieres on 19th September ahead of the historic International Space Station (ISS) Mission take-off, with Hazzaa AlMansoori as the first Emirati and only Arab aboard. Astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi will also be present at the launch, acting as reserve astronaut for the entire Mission.
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