UAE is about launch and becomes the world’s eleventh country to attempt this mission next year
UAE has selected Sultan Al Neyadi, a 41-years-old astronaut, as the second Emirati to jump to space. To get involved in this six-month mission inside the International Space Station (ISS) in 2023, He will be launched into space in the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Sultan Al-Neyadi has been training for the launch for the last four years. He will launch from the Kennedy Space Centre of Florida, making UAE the 11th country in the world to conduct a long-term mission into space.
Vice President Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Ruler of the UAE and Prime minister of the UAE, congratulated Sultan Al-Neyadi on social media.
On a blogging website, he wrote, “Among a group of Emirati astronauts at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Sultan Al Neyadi was selected as the first Arab astronaut who will spend a long duration of 6 months at the International Space Station next year. We are proud of our Youth, where the deserved place and position of the UAE is.”
“I am proud to congratulate Sultan Al Neyadi on being selected as the 1st Arab astronaut to spend six months on the International Space Station as part of a mission to commence in 2023. This historic milestone builds on the strong foundations of the UAE’s burgeoning space programme,” said UAE President Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Twitter.
Hazza Al Mansoori was the first ever Emirati astronaut to be launched into space in the history of the UAE in 2019. He stayed at the International Space Station on an eight-day mission.