Details and launch date for the first long-term mission of Arab astronauts

Details and launch date for the first long-term mission of Arab astronauts
Details and launch date for the first long-term mission of Arab astronauts
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Updated Thursday 1/26/2023 11:25 AM Abu Dhabi time

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center announced the launch of the first long-term mission of Arab astronauts, on February 26, 2023, at 11:07 am UAE time.

The center revealed the details of the second mission of the UAE astronaut program, where the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, called “Endeavor”, will be carried on board the Falcon 9 rocket, Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, along with astronaut Stephen Bowen, mission commander, NASA, and Warren Hoberg. , spacecraft commander, NASA, and Andrei Fedyaev, mission specialist, Roscosmos.

This came during a press conference organized by NASA, on Wednesday evening, to reveal the latest developments in the Crew-6 mission, where the main information of the mission was announced; Like launch time and opportunities.

Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said: Today, we are pleased to talk about the second mission of the UAE Astronaut Programme, and the first mission of Sultan in space. The UAE Astronaut Program began in 2017, when the first two Emirati astronauts, Hazzaa Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi, were selected. He added, “We launched our first mission to the International Space Station in 2019, and it has inspired thousands of people.”

He added, “Today, Sultan Al Neyadi is fully prepared, as he completed 5 years of training with his colleague Hazaa, which included spacewalks and operations aboard the International Space Station.”

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He concluded by saying, “As part of the Crew-6 mission, we will have 20 scientific experiments from UAE universities, in addition to educational and awareness activities.”

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For his part, Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi said: “The idea of ​​waking up every morning and looking from the Coppola observation unit, where you can see the Earth every 90 minutes, this idea in itself is wonderful and indescribable.”

He added, “Hazza Al Mansouri’s mission was a milestone for the UAE’s sustainable presence in space. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, promised to complete this march and missions, and today we are preparing to launch the second Emirati mission to the station.” This time the goal has become greater, the duration of the mission has become 6 months, and the UAE has two new astronauts who are training with the 23rd batch of the NASA Astronaut Program.

Al Neyadi revealed that he aspires to see the UAE flag raised aboard the International Space Station, carried by an Emirati astronaut.

He concluded: “The UAE is doing an outstanding job in the field of space, and I believe that during the next ten years, we will be a pioneering part of the global efforts to make a quantum leap in the exploration process.

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