UAE Sends Its First Astronaut, Hazzaa Al Mansoori, Into Space

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Dubai, witnessed the gathering of a large crowd on September 25 as the United Arab Emirates sent its first astronaut into space for an 8-day mission at the ISS.

Written By Ruchit Rastogi | Mumbai | Updated On:
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The largest city of the UAE, Dubai, witnessed the gathering of a large crowd on September 25 as the United Arab Emirates sent its first astronaut into space for an eight-day mission to the International Space Station.

A big send-off

The citizens and school-going children showed their presence at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center as, Hazzaa Al-Mansoori, went into space alongside Russia's Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir with the help of a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in southern Kazakhstan. A few people who assembled at the center in Dubai, had UAE flags in their hand, while others were wearing blue jumpsuits with future astronaut imprinted on them.

A woman by the name of Badriya al-Hamadi said she was so pleased with what UAE had achieved and that made her feel as if she was going into space aboard that space rocket. According to Amer Al-Ghafri, an official at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, Hazoori's journey into space is just the beginning of what is about to come. 

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A dream come true

A former pilot in the UAE military, Hazzaa Al-Mansoori, described this mission as a dream come true as he was full of pride and determination of carrying his country forward in an all-new direction. The astronaut had his country's flag, family pictures along with a few other things inside a bag that he was allowed to take on this space expedition.

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In the events that preceded this historic moment, Sheikh Mohammed, UAE's vice president, and PM posted a tweet with a message for all the young people in the Emirates. 

 

In response to this moment, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, posted a tweet that congratulated Mansoori on his achievement.

 

While attending the UNGA in New York, the Indian PM further added that India could take a cue from UAE for its own upcoming space program in the year 2022.

 

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Read: Gaganyaan: ISRO's Target To Send Astronaut Into Space By 2021

(With inputs from agencies)

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