Sultan Al Neyadi.
Yamama Bedwan, Staff Reporter
The Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi will arrive in the country on Monday evening after a successful space mission that is considered the longest in Arab history.
Through that mission, Al Neyadi made qualitative and historical achievements, which cemented position the UAE regionally and globally as the first Arab country to complete the longest mission on the International Space Station.
The mission that lasted 186 days witnessed conducting pioneering scientific experiments aiming to serving humanity and the scientific community.
Al Neyadi returned to Earth on Sept. 4 aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor with his fellow of “Crew 6”. It landed off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, after a journey that took 17 hours and 17 minutes from the moment the spacecraft separated from the station.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, on Sunday, announced on X platform that the live coverage of Al Neyadi's return to the homeland wound begin on Monday at 5-30 pm via http://mbrsc.ae/live/Recently, in a video message, Al Neyadi said, “Greetings, and this time from Earth. Thank you so much everybody for the support and we're back. It has been an incredible journey going to space and spending six months with the International Space Station.
“I'm really happy with the achievement that we've done. It's only the beginning and hopefully we will continue this journey with other people from the UAE and the region as well. I'm really grateful. Thank you for all the support and the prayers from everybody.
“I would like to say thank you to my family, friends and people in the UAE and the region. Thank you to Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center. Thank you NASA and the international partners for making this possible.”
At the ISS, Al Neyadi was involved in over 200 experiments, partnering with international space agencies and esteemed UAE and global universities. His contributions span diverse fields, including plant genetics, human life sciences, exploration technology, fluid dynamics, material science, protein crystallisation growth, and advanced exploration technologies.
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.
“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.”
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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