Just before setting off into space, the history-making first Emirati astronaut shared his success story with the UAE school pupils.
Hazza Al Mansouri answered a series of questions from enthusiastic youngsters during a two-day Science in Space workshop at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai.
Mr Al Mansouri spoke to 50 pupils, who were chosen from among the 750, who had applied in order to be a part of the event. Mr Al Mansouri turned up along with fellow Emirati Sultan Al Neyadi, who is a part of the backup team for the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on 25th September.
As a part of the workshop, pupils drawn from 15 schools were also given the chance to carry out experiments that Mr Al Mansouri would be performing while on board the ISS. Also, the students were shown how to carry out scientific experiments at the ISS in a microgravity environment.
Pupils even learnt about the certain tools and equipment that would be needed by the team behind the mission. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general of MBRSC stated that the participating students showed their eagerness, and pride by taking part in the scientific experiment. Mr Al Shaibani stated that students displayed their artistry and ardour for studying space science during the workshops.
The first Emirati astronaut’s scientific mission to ISS is a significant event for the UAE’s space sector and the entire region.
Results obtained from the astronaut’s experiments would be sent back to Earth to match with data from the parallel experiments carried out on-ground by students. The educational drive is part of the UAE Astronaut Programme, financed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, and the first in the Arab world.
Mr Al Shaibani stated that it’s crucial that Emirati students take part in this journey and commit to scientific experiments.