The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has announced that Hazzaa AlMansoori, the UAE’s first astronaut to travel to the ISS, on 25th September.
Emirati woman make up 45 per cent of the UAE's space sector workforce, which reaffirms the government's commitment to encourage a more diverse career path for Emirati women, said Dr Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director-General of the Emirates Space Agency (ESA).
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.
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).
On Sept.20, the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft prime and backup crews performed the second “fitting” – check inspection of the crewed spacecraft in the launch set at the pad No. 254 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
MBRSC has given the online community a chance to direct questions to Hazzaa AlMansoori through the hashtag #AskHazzaa. He will then answer selected questions during the live sessions.
The brand-new documentary, which is the first of a 4-part film series, premieres on 19th September ahead of the historic International Space Station (ISS) Mission take-off, with Hazzaa AlMansoori as the first Emirati and only Arab aboard. Astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi will also be present at the launch, acting as reserve astronaut for the entire Mission.