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More details revealed about first UAE astronaut's space mission

Hazza Al Mansoori will lift off to the International Space Station at 5.56pm from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 25

More details revealed about first UAE astronaut's space mission
UAE astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi.

More details have been revealed about the journey into outer space by the UAE's first astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori.

At a press conference, it was announced that he will lift off to the International Space Station at exactly 5.56pm (UAE time) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 25.

The landing will take place on October 3 at 2.48pm (Kazakh time), the Khaleej Times reported on Monday.

It was also revealed that Al Mansoori and his back up astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi have completed their final training and are set to take their final exam on August 30.

Al Mansoori will carry out 16 scientific experiments during the mission, six of which will be conducted onboard the International Space Station.

He will travel for an eight-day space mission to the ISS aboard a Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft and return to Earth aboard a Soyuz-MS 12.

Earlier this month, the MBRSC announced that Al Mansoori will host a traditional Emirati food night at the ISS.

Al Mansoori will be dressed in the traditional Emirati clothes, and will offer his fellow astronauts three Emirati foods - madrooba, saloona, and balaleet.

The event will be the first of its kind, with Gulf inspired cuisine being tasted in a non-gravitational environment.

MBRSC oversees the UAE Astronaut Programme, which is part of the UAE National Space Programme, and aims to prepare the first Emirati astronaut corps to participate in global space exploration missions.

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