Astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi poses for a photograph.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Emirati astronaut Sultan al-Neyadi will embark on a historic journey for the entire Arab world, paving the way for next generations to be inspired by the his space feat.
Sultan al-Neyadi, alng with Nasa's Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg and Russia's Andrey Fedyaev are scheduled to fly to the ISS on Feb.27 as members of SpaceX Dragon Crew-6.
The live coverage will begin from 7:15am (UAE time) while the liftoff will be at 10:45am.
The 41-year-old Emirati will become the first Arab astronaut to spend six months in space when he blasts off for the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Sultan Al Neyadi said, "Today we fly to pave the way for the next generations.”
On Sunday, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan made a phone call to Sultan Al Neyadi.
During the phone call, the UAE President asked Al Neyadi about his wellbeing, family, and mission?
Al Neyadi replied, “They are all doing well, Your Highness. Everything is good.
"We arrived at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida two days ago, and our parents also arrived.
"It was a good gathering for all of us. Everyone is excited and waiting for this historic moment, Your Highness."
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed said, "May God protect you wherever you may be, and may you return to us safe and sound, dear and cherished, raising the flag of your country. We are looking forward to your return, God willing."
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, said he is proud of all those who work diligently enhance the UAE’s reputation.
He tweeted: “Inspired by the late Sheikh Zayed’s vision, Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi is set to embark on a 6-month mission to the International Space Station. We are proud of Sultan, MBRSC and everyone who aspires to achieve the best for the UAE.”
Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, said on Twitter, “A new dream comes true for the UAE, led by the @MBRSpaceCentre. Our @Astro_Alneyadi embarks on the longest mission for an Arab astronaut to the International Space Station. With him our ambitions & our late father, Zayed’s dream, to build the future of humanity grows.
Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology said, “Best of luck to @Astro_Alneyadi and the Crew-6 team as they embark on their journey to the @Space_Station. We are proud of your hard work and dedication, and eagerly await your safe return home. You have shown that with perseverance and a strong spirit, nothing is impossible!
“The UAE's commitment to advancing its space program is a testament to the country's vision for the future, and we look forward to seeing more exciting developments in the years to come.”
Salem Al Marri, Director General of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre said, “We are all proud to be working under your leadership, Your Highness. Your support continues to motivate us to work dedicatedly, and under your directions, we will pursue our efforts to achieve the vision of the UAE’s founding fathers.”
Emirati astronaut Sultan Al-Neyadi along with two Nasa astronauts, a Russian cosmonaut blasted off to the International Space Station on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday morning.
Al Neyadi said, “In space as on Earth... the day does not start without coffee… ☕️ This is how I started my first morning on board the International Space Station... I am very excited to meet you in direct contact tomorrow. I wish you a good day!”
The hair trimmer, utilised by Sultan's colleague NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, has a suction device which prevents hair from floating and contaminating the microgravity environment aboard the ISS.
The astronauts of the International Space Station will organize a farewell party for Sultan Al Neyadi and his crewmates in 'Crew 6' on Thursday, at 9:30 pm according to UAE local time. This is a custom followed by astronauts in preparation for the departure of their colleagues and return to Earth, according to the official website of NASA.
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