“During the first fit-check of my Sokol space suit in Baikonur, I had a chance to test my modest Jiujitsu skills…”
Sheikh Mohammed expresses his pleasure with the agreement, says the programme will train our youth and astronauts for future missions.
The 22-minute eye-gripping documentary, the second in a four-part film series, premieres on 25th May 2020 at 10.30pm UAE time/9:30pm KSA time on National Geographic and National Geographic Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Mohammed said on twitter, “Out of a group of Emirati astronauts at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, Sultan Al Neyadi has been chosen to be the first Arab astronaut, who will spend a 6-month-long mission in the International Space Station next year, God willing.”
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed receives Hazzaa and Sultan Al Neyadi at the Al Bateen airport.
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).
“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.
The UAE’s first two astronauts, Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi, have visited the American University of Sharjah (AUS), encouraging the country’s next generation of would-be space explorers.