Emirati astronauts ready for ISS mission


Hazza Al Mansouri (left) and Sultan Al Neyadi.

Yamama Badwan, Staff reporter

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) announced on Sunday that Emirati astronauts Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi are ready to work on the International Space Station (ISS) after receiving the Johnson Space Center Astronaut Pin from NASA after the completion of their general training mission which lasted approximately 20 months.

Eng Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director of MBRSC, tweeted: “Congratulations guys, your efforts have been outstanding over the past 20 months of training and your performance has been excellent and honorable for the UAE Astronaut Program and for the country. All the best in the formation to come.

Meanwhile, Al Neyadi tweeted: “It’s a great feeling when the efforts of 20 months of training have proven fruitful. I thank all the work teams of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, NASA, my brother Hazza and all those who supported me to obtain the NASA astronaut pin. Our training continues to achieve greater goals, God willing.

Both astronauts have continued their training at NASA under an advanced program since late September 2020 to be qualified to become ISS operators capable of performing all professional astronaut missions, which include maintenance, equipment installation and repair in 6 months. assignment.

In early October, the two astronauts successfully completed the first year of training after being evaluated by a panel of elite astronauts, trainers and spacesuit experts on their skills and competence in the suit use, station maintenance and rescuing astronauts in critical situations.

In early May, the two astronauts practiced using a special camera to take pictures during the spacewalk mission outside the ISS.

The camera is attached to a flash light and is covered to protect against temperature variations ranging from -160 to 200 degrees Celsius. It works with just a push of a button as all the settings have to be set in advance as it is difficult to do this with thick gloves.

Later, the two astronauts lived several experiences and followed theoretical and practical courses until they were proclaimed ready to operate in the ISS.


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