Emirati astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi are undergoing a fit check of their Sokol space suits and the Soyuz seat liner at the Zvezda facility in Moscow, Dubai officials have announced.
Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Science and Technology Sector, Head of UAE Astronaut Programme, highlighted that these exercises are essential for enhancing the skills of Al Mansoori and Al Neyadi to enable them to use the equipment at the ISS, and identify several aspects of life aboard the station, such as preparing food.
The first crew to blast off to the International Space Station following a launch accident that deepened doubts over Russia’s space programme returned to earth on Tuesday.
The prolonged bed rest is part of the "Artificial Gravity Bed Rest" Study that launched this week into the effects of weightlessness on the human body.
Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum made a phone call to Emirati astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi before they started their 15-day quarantine period ahead of the launch of their mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Emirati astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi raised the UAE flag during the flag-raising ceremony that was held for the countries participating in the mission – UAE, Russia, and US.
The final tests included simulating a number of crew emergency situations during take-off, landing, and docking, while on board the ISS.
With just 10 days left before the much-anticipated launch of the multinational mission to ISS, Emirati astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi are limbering up, in right earnest, for the groundbreaking event.
Upon the successful completion of their final tests UAE astronauts, the main crew and the back-up crew addresses media.
Hazza Al Mansoori said, “This mission is a great responsibility upon me, through which and the other future missions, I will do my best to help enrich science and knowledge with scientific experiments that will be conducted on the ISS in partnership with the competent teams from different countries.”