“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.
There is no doubt that Emiratis are a very talented people, and the backing of the leadership has helped them do what was hitherto considered well nigh impossible. Long before a lockdown became the new normal,
Hazzaa was honoured as part of the university's efforts to support the country’s space sector.
The main facade of Nasdaq building has paid tribute to Al Mansoori, saying, "A proud moment. Welcome back home Hazzaa Al Mansoori, UAE’s first astronaut, to reach the International Space Station, ISS."
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed receives Hazzaa and Sultan Al Neyadi at the Al Bateen airport.
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).
The Soyuz FG, carrying the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft, in which Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, will launch to the International Space Station, is emblazoned with the logo of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre and the UAE flag along with the flags of Russia and America in preparation for the historic mission.
“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.