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What Emirati Astronaut Hazza Al Al Masouri Will Take to Space

Hazza to fly with crew mates, astronaut Jessica Meir and Russian commander Oleg Skripo.

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The UAE’s first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri will be rocketed to the International Space Station (ISS) at 5.56pm on September 25th making the UAE the 19th country to visit the space station, officials announced on Monday exactly 30 days before the much-awaited launch.

Hazza will be on the ISS for an eight-day space expedition as part of the UAE’s Astronaut Programme. He will join crew mates, Nasa astronaut Jessica Meir and Russian commander Oleg Skripochka, as they lift-off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan onboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft.

Hazza will conduct a series of experiments including a few on himself to check how his body will react to zero-gravity. Pre-spaceflight results and samples will be compared with results when he returns to Earth.

Details on the stages of the mission before, during and after the launch were also announced on Monday. “This is the first comprehensive space programme that develops national expertise to have manned missions to space, which will help to promote better life on earth. We go to space to make our lives here better,” said Salem Al Merri, Assistant Director-General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and head of the UAE Astronaut Programme.

 

“For almost 20 years, the ISS has receiveed more than 230 astronauts from 18 countries around the world. Hopefully the UAE will be the 19th country.”

Hazza will conduct 16 biological, physical and gelological experiments that are not possible on Earth. He will also have five video calls with the UAE to answer questions from the public, especially the youth. He will also give three radio communications with ground control.

What Hazza will take to space:

  • A 100 per cent silk UAE Flag
  • 30 seeds of the Al Ghaf trees
  • Materials for scientific research such as inflatable balls representing Mars and Earth
  • Emirati food
  • Personal belongings including pictures of his family and other personal items
  • A Photo of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan with the Apollo 17 Team
  • The Quran
  • A copy of the ‘Qissati’ of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Source: Gulf News

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