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Put your questions to the UAE's first astronauts

Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi to answer questions ahead of their mission to the International Space Station in September

Put your questions to the UAE's first astronauts
Astronauts Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi with Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan.

Have you got a question for UAE's first astronauts Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi, who are set to launch into space this September for an eight-day mission to the International Space Station?

If so, Mohamed Bin Rashid Space Centre is inviting you to ask them about their experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #UAEAstronauts.

Selected questions will be answered when the astronauts hold a press conference on Monday which can be watched here.

On Thursday, the duo were received by Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, at his office in Emirates Towers in Dubai.

The two astronauts were selected among 4,022 applicants for the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre's UAE Astronaut Programme, which was launched in 2017, to participate in global space exploration missions by 2021.

Sheikh Hamdan highlighted the importance of the mission ahead of their mission to the International Space Station to conduct a number of research and tests. He also wished them success in all the projects they will be involved in.

Sheikh Hamdan also reviewed the various steps of UAE Astronaut Programme, and the training they undergone at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia.

Al Mansouri is a military fighter pilot with 14 years of military aviation experience. In 2016, he qualified to be an aeronautical pilot and now pilots an F-16B60 aircraft.

Al Niyadi has a PhD in Data Leakage Prevention Technology from Griffith University in Australia, as well as a Master's degree in Information and Networks Security from the same university. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Brighton University in the UK.

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