The UAE’s first astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori, who have visited space and the International Space Station, landed on Earth after an eight-day journey. He had flown to the ISS last Wednesday onboard the Soyuz MS-12 mission, S61 Expedition.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Thursday, reacted after UAE’s first astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori landed on Earth.
“Praise be to God for Hazza AlMansoori’s safe return to Earth after visiting the International Space Station. Congratulations to the people of the UAE for this historic achievement. Zayed’s sons will fulfil our ambition to reach Mars,” he said.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, also tweeted a welcome message for Hazzaa.
AlMansoori, the father of four and a former military fighter jet pilot, rocketed off at 5.57pm (UAE time) on September 25 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome’s Gagarin Launch Pad.
Praise be to God for Hazza Al Mansouri’s safe return to Earth after visiting the International Space Station. Congratulations to the people of the UAE for this historic achievement. Zayed’s sons will fulfill our ambition to reach Mars.
On the eve of his return to Earth, Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati in space, interacted via a radio call with editors of various media organisations in the UAE on Wednesday.
Hazzaa, who is on his seventh day aboard the International Space Station (ISS), made contact at 1.45pm with the editors and journalists who trooped to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).
Hazzaa had conducted at least 16 experiments, including Fluidics (to observe how liquids move in weightlessness), time perception, Osteology (to study his bone condition, body composition and endocrine system at the space lab), time perception, and how to use the gyroscopic smart camera in microgravity. All those experiments will significantly contribute to UAE’s next stop in Space journey, which is Mars mission.