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.
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.
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.
"Seeing someone like Al Mansoori go up there makes me feel that he carries a part of my dream with him. Its hard to put this feeling into words so maybe by creating this picture of him is my way of thanking him for it. I’m proud of what he has accomplished," said Alapide.
We are broadcasting the live launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on the screen next to Hub Zero at City Walk, Dubai, between 4pm — 8pm on Wednesday, with countdown starting at 5.30pm.
A crowd in Dubai erupted in cheers and applause on Wednesday as the first astronaut from the UAE launched towards the International Space Station (ISS), dubbing him a national hero.
Hazzaa Al Mansoori's arrival in space is a message to all the Arab youth that we can move forward and catch up with others, tweets Sheikh Mohammed.
Sheikh Hamdan shared a video on his Instagram account showing Sheikh Mohammed in cycling gears making a stop on a cycling track to follow the Hazzaa’s lift-off. Sheikh Hamdan captioned the video,