The UAE's very first astronaut is heading into space and we've got the deets!
On September 25 at 6.56pm, the UAE will make history when the first Emirati astronaut, Hazza Al Mansoori, will leave for space. When he lands at the International Space Station, he will be the first Arab ever to do so.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released details about the mission, including the launch time and items he will be taking.
The 36 year old is currently in Russia where he has completed his training and will be accompanied by backup astronaut, Sultan Al Neyadi.
The two will be isolated two weeks before the launch to keep them safe and to avoid any illnesses.
The two Emirati astronauts are isolated for two weeks before launch to keep the astronaut crew safe during this time, in a clean environment, to avoid any illnesses before launching to the ISS.— MBR Space Centre (@MBRSpaceCentre) August 26, 2019
Al Mansoori will be conducting a number of scientific experiments at the International Space Station such as time perception in microgravity and fluidics (fluid dynamics in space).
Astronauts are allowed to take items with a total weight of 15kg to the ISS. Among the items that Al Mansoori will take are the Quran, a photo of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and 30 Ghaf tree seeds.