The First Arab Astronaut on Final Training to Travel to Space
Hazza Al Mansouri is the first Arab man from UAE becoming ready for the historic mission of travelling to Space. Last stages are being taken in order for this huge success to begin. The journey to the International Space Station will start on September 25.
Maybe this name is familiar to some people, as this person was introduced as the first Emirati who will be jetting off to space. However, what comes as a huge surprise is that he will be the first Arab man who will be at the International Space Station. He will be on Soyuz-MS 15 mission and the take-off will be done from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Al Mansouri has said on an Instagram video a week ago: “I am in star city, Russia, where I am currently training with my team to prepare for our historic mission on September 25. In the training, we simulate the processes of taking off, reaching the destination and returning, and how to act in unusual situations or emergencies. Wish us luck .”
In this journey, Al Mansouri will not be alone. Two people will company him during this historic mission that one of them is a Russian commander named Oleg Skripochka and another one is an American flight engineer named Jessica Meir.
Several scientific experiments should be carried out in order for everything to go well on the ISS. These kinds of tasks will be carried out by the former military fighter pilot. He is going to do a tour of the ISS in Arabic and will be recording anything happened on the ISS on a daily basis. The first week of October has been considered as the date of coming back to the Earth.
Apart from what has been discussed above, the most significant point is that this is not the only thing that the UAE has in mind. According to the officials from Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, this action will be that start of many other programs related to space that UAE intends to take part in.
Details of this program
This adventurous journey to space will last for eight days. However, future ones will last more. It is also should be said that the main goal of this trip is to do some in-depth scientific researches and find some ways to improve life for humans.
Another significant point is that due to this partnership between UAE and Russia, ties between these two countries are estimated to strengthen in the future and also other collaborations are likely to be seen.
To sum up, UAE is likely to be one of the pioneers in the future of space-related activities, as some actions are seen.
*the information brought in this article was based on the recent report published by Khaleej times website.
*writer: Maral Aryanpour