An Emirati astronaut will make history by turning into the first Arab on the International Space Station mentioned Tuesday he had received support from around the world before his “dream” mission.
Hazzaa Al-Mansoori, 35, is about to blast into space accompanied by Russia’s Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir a Swedish-American Jew whose father is Israeli on board a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
Mansoori will spend 8days on the ISS, would be the first Emirati astronaut and the first Arab on the orbiting laboratory, however not first Muslim.
“It’s really an honor, and we’re looking ahead to make this mission successful and to come back with lots of information,” the pilot informed a pre-flight news conference.
He mentioned the trip was a milestone for his country and the Arab world.
Mansoori mentioned that he would record his prayer routine on the ISS and broadcast it to individuals on Earth.
Mansoori additionally plans to conduct experiments and stated he would take Emirati food along with him to share with the crew.
Skripochka, first-time flyer Meir and Mansoori will enter a six-member crew on the ISS, and for a brief period, the ISS can be home to nine astronauts.
Meir, 42, mentioned it was quite a success for the United Arab Emirates to have a man in the space, given that its program is so new.
She stated the crew communicated by using “Runglish” a combination of Russian and English.
Mansoori is set to return to the Earth with NASA’s Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin Russian cosmonaut on October 3. Skripochka and Meir remain on the ISS until the spring of 2020.