Soyuz spacecraft takes UAE’s first astronaut to ISS

Soyuz spacecraft takes UAE’s first astronaut to ISS
Image credit: Screengrab taken from the video posted by NASA

Hazza Al-Mansoori became the first Emirati astronaut to reach the International Space Station as the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft reached its destination on February 17, 2021.

This came six hours after the launch of the spacecraft into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Besides Emirati astronaut Hazza Al-Mansoori, the spacecraft also took Jessica Meir from the US and Oleg Skripochka from Russia to the International Space Station.

All the travelers reached ISS at 10: 42 PM ( Saudi time 7: 42 PM GMT) right above the southern Pacific Ocean.

Russia congratulated the three members of the crew on the success of the mission from RKA Mission Control Center, situated in Krorolyov near Moscow, Russia.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said that he was proud to see Al-Mansoori at the International Space Station.

Al-Mansoori tweeted that he was filled with an “indescribable feeling of glory, minutes ahead of the launch of the spacecraft.

“Today I carry the dreams and ambition of my country to a whole new dimension,” he said.

“We are very proud of him,” said an Emirati.

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