His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President of the UAE, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Presidential Office, congratulated the people of the Emirates on the safe return of Sultan Al Neyadi to Earth after completing the longest space mission in Arab history.
Sheikh Mansour said on the X platform: “We congratulate the people of the Emirates on the safe return of Sultan Al Neyadi to Earth after completing the longest space mission in Arab history. We thank all the national work teams and partners who contributed to achieving this historic scientific achievement to serve humanity. With God’s grace, the Emirates continues to enhance its contributions in the field of space.”
The four astronauts returned to Earth early on Monday after a six-month stay at the International Space Station.
Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the Atlantic off the Florida coast.
Returning were NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren "Woody” Hoburg, Russia's Andrei Fedyaev and the United Arab Emirates' Sultan Al Neyadi, the first person from the Arab world to spend an extended time in orbit.
Before departing the space station, they said they were craving hot showers, steaming cups of coffee and the ocean air since arriving in March. Their homecoming was delayed a day because of poor weather at the splashdown locations, but in the end, provided a spectacular middle-of-the-night show as the capsule streaked through the sky over Cape Canaveral toward a splashdown near Jacksonville.
According to NASA and SpaceX, the next available undocking opportunity is now no earlier than 3rd September, with a splashdown scheduled for 4th September, pending weather conditions.
Neyadi’s mission is the longest mission for an Arab astronaut on board the International Space Station.
Al Neyadi conducted 200 experiments and scientific studies in cooperation with 5 international space agencies, and 19 experiments of Emirati universities, in the fields of evaluating the effect of microgravity on the interaction between the heart and body position.
Salem Humaid Al Marri says that astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi is on the longest space mission in the Arab history, spanning six months, aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This mission has promoted the stature of the UAE and all Arabs, and exceeded all expectations.
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