The UAE's very first astronaut is heading into space and we've got the deets!

He'll be the first Arab to go to the International Space Station
ByDwayne D'SouzaWednesday , 28 August 2019
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.

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.

Related Articles