Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi made history when he stepped out of the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday for the first space walk by an Arab astronaut.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said Arabs are creative if we decide to focus on science and stay away from differences.
Al Neyadi said on Twitter, “In memory of the man who ingrained in us the passion for kindness, determination, and ambition, I proudly present the flag of the UAE, from space."
The International Astronomy Centre in Abu Dhabi said, “The Astronomical Seal Observatory of the International Astronomy Center depicts the passage of the International Space Station (ISS) over the sky of the Emirates a short while ago, and many components of the station appear, and inside it are seven astronauts, including the Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi.”
Al Neyadi said on Twitter, “On the ISS, everything we do is a scientific experiment, including sleeping. Through the ‘Dreams’ experiment, we are studying the sleep patterns of astronauts and the effects of microgravity on our brain activity while sleeping.
Scheduled for Friday, April 28, the UAE will become the 10th country to perform a spacewalk on the ISS, while Al Neyadi will be part of the 261st spacewalk in support of assembly, maintenance, and upgrades on the space station.
Al Neyadi said, “It is a great honour for me to be part of this historic mission, representing my country, the UAE, and to receive Nasa’s golden astronaut pin. I will wear this pin as a symbol of the commitment I made when I started on this journey."
Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of MBRSC, discussed the preparations for the Crew-6 mission and the experiments set to be conducted by astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi during the Crew-6 mission press conference.
Sultan Al Neyadi, the Emirati astronaut, is preparing to head to the ISS on Feb.19, on the first long-term Arab mission which will last 180 days, as part of the “Crow 6” mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
Sultan Al Neyadi, the Emirati astronaut who is currently on the station, will be as close as possible to his family, loved ones and his homeland today, and he will salute them with pride in this achievement that the country is ruling in space day after day.