“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.
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.
Sheikh Sultan tours academy along with UAE astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi.
The average age of applicants is 28, with the youngest applicant at just 17 years old and the oldest, 60. A majority of the registrations have come from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.