general info FIRST EMIRATI ASTRONAUTS WILL TRAVEL TO SPACE THIS YEAR
First Emirati Astronauts Will Travel To Space This Year
Updated on 26 February 2019

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced that the first Emirati astronauts will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year.

One of the astronauts will fly to ISS on 25 September for an eight-day Russian space mission aboard a Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft and will travel back aboard a Soyuz-MS 12.

The second astronaut will continue training for future missions.

The date of the flight was postponed from April to September following a launch accident of the Soyuz-MS 10 spacecraft in October last year.

This will be the first time in Arab history that an astronaut will present an introductory tour in Arabic at ISS. In the introductory tour, he will explain the components of the station, the equipment on board and methods of conducting experiments in zero gravity.

The astronaut will be conducting earth observation and imaging experiences, and interacting with ground stations, sharing information and experiences, as well as documenting the daily lives of astronauts at the station.

Emirati astronauts Al Mansoori and Al Neyadi were selected from a total of 4,022 candidates who applied to the UAE Astronaut Programme after a series of advanced medical and psychological tests, as well as personal interviews conducted to the highest international standards.

The UAE Astronaut Programme was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces in 2017, to train and prepare Emirati astronauts to travel to space on various scientific missions.

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The fuel prices for June 2020 have been announced which sees no increase or decrease in the cost of a litre of petrol and diesel from May, and prices remain the same for the third month in a row.

As part of Dubai Government’s decision from 27 May to increase business activity across the emirate, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has announced that from 1 June, museums in Dubai will start to open in a phased manner.

As part fo the continuing easing of measures in place to contain the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, Dubai Municipality has announced  certain parks and pubic beaches are now open.

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The construction of 13 bridges at a major Dubai interchange has been completed. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that roads and bridges leading to the Dubai Hills Mall project at the interchange between Umm Suqeim Street

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