Dr Farouk El-Baz. File photo
Henry Jacob, Staff Reporter
“It is a wonderful feeling to witness the Space Station mission of Hazzaa Al Mansouri,” says reputed Egyptian-American space scientist and geologist Dr Farouk El-Baz. “I have heard firsthand Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the Emirates, of his interest in space missions. I also know of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, regarding his vision of the UAE contributing to space missions. In addition I also know of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah’s interest in applying space knowledge to improving knowledge of our resources.
“All of the leaders of the UAE are behind that historic mission.”
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed receives Hazzaa and Sultan Al Neyadi at the Al Bateen airport.
UAE leaders took to social media to congratulate Hazzaa Al Mansoori on his safe return to earth after spending eight days at ISS.
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