They have undergone training to perform spacewalks, operate ISS systems, survive
Two astronauts from the United Arab Emirates are now ready to work on board the International Space Station (ISS). Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi received the NASA Astronaut Badge after completing approximately 20 months of general training at Johnson Space Center.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) tweeted images of the two astronauts beaming with pride as they showed off their badges.
The badges certify that the duo have completed their basic training and are qualified for the missions.
Previous videos and posts shared by authorities and the astronauts themselves have shown them undergoing intensive training sessions. They have undergone training to perform spacewalks, operate ISS systems – including its robotic arm – and survive.
The other two Emirati astronauts – Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammad AlMulla – are training alongside NASA’s 10-member astronaut candidate class in 2021 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Hazza AlMansoori previously visited the ISS in 2019. He became the first Emirati and Arab to visit the ISS by spending eight days aboard the floating laboratory.
The UAE had recently announced the launch of a space mission to the ISS which will last six months. The mission will put the UAE on an elite list of 11 countries that have performed long-term space missions.
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The mission will see the Emirati astronaut join his American counterparts. The team will conduct experiments and manage station operations.
They will be welcomed aboard the space station by a team of Russian cosmonauts as well as American and European astronauts. On board the ISS, the Emirati astronaut will conduct a series of complex and advanced experiments and extensive public outreach and education programs, requiring a longer stay of 180 days until September 2023.