First UAE astronaut to travel to ISS in September

Timings revealed for Hazza Al Mansoori’s first space mission later this month

First UAE astronaut to travel to ISS in September

This September marks a significant time for the UAE and its journey to space, as it has been revealed when the first UAE astronaut will launch.

The country’s first astronaut, Hazza Al Mansoori, is due to travel to the International Space Station for his first space mission later this month.

Taking place on Wednesday September 25 at exactly 5.56pm (GST), the astronaut will launch into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

During the mission, Al Mansoori will do 16 scientific experiments, six of which will be conducted onboard the space station, according to a report on Arabian Business.

The astronaut, having completed his final space training with back up astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, is due to land back on earth Thursday October 3 at 12.48pm (GST).

Al Mansoori will be travelling to space onboard a Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft and return to earth after his eight-day mission in a Soyuz-MS 12.

UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) have made great strides in the country’s ongoing programme into space, including plans to launch its Hope Probe to Mars to take a global picture of the Martian atmosphere for the first time.

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