It is approximately 100-days left until the first Emirati astronaut heads to space. For the countdown to happen, it’s approx eight million seconds.
On Monday, the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) posted a video of Hazza Al Mansouri, the first astronaut from the UAE, as he is gearing up for his mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch date is on 25th September.
Astronauts Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi, are going through training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia’s Star City. Preparations for Al Mansouri being launched to space on board a Soyuz MS 15 spacecraft are at an advanced stage. He would be staying on the ISS for eight-days before returning to Earth on board a Soyuz-MS 12.
Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director-general of MBRSC, stated that with each passing day, they are getting closer to attain the vision of UAE’s wise leadership for making the UAE a leader in the space industry, and with the first Emirati astronaut heading into space to carry out scientific experiments that profit humanity.
Only 100 days left until the launch of the first Emirati Astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori (@astro_hazzaa) aboard the Soyuz MS-15. #UAEAstronauts Show your excitement in the comment below! pic.twitter.com/wUogKMG7FK
— MBR Space Centre (@MBRSpaceCentre) June 17, 2019
Al Mansouri and fellow astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, are undergoing quality training on the diverse aspects of the mission to ISS, along with the prime and backup flight crews.
The mission’s main crew consists of , and American astronaut, Jessica Meir, both of whom are undergoing training with Al Mansouri.
On the other hand, Al Neyadi, is also going similar training with the backup team, which is also comprises of three astronauts including Sergei Nikolaevich, the Russian flight commander of Roscosmos, and Thomas Henry, the American astronaut of NASA.
The crew would be trained on the Soyuz MS so they would know that the take-off and landing procedures and how to answer any emergency situations. Prior to the commencement of the mission, the astronauts would be subjected to a range of medical tests to test their physical and mental fitness levels, as per global standards.