Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum speaks to Emirati astronaut on a live call to the ISS from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has spoken to the UAE’s first astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori on a live call from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).
Al Mansouri is currently at the International Space Station orbiting Earth.
During the live call, Sheikh Mohammed conveyed the best wishes of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
He also expressed his happiness at the extraordinary achievement, which has turned the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s dream a reality.
Sheikh Mohammed added that the UAE’s ability to turn dreams into accomplishments and achieve the impossible distinguishes it from other countries.
“The word impossible does not exist in our dictionary,” he said. “You are the UAE’s pride,” he told Al Mansoori. “Many Emiratis will follow in your footsteps and continue to make the UAE’s dreams a reality.”
He added: “Everyone dreams. But we rise to the challenge and strive to realise our dreams. Our next goal is to reach Mars. My brother Mohammed bin Zayed and I firmly believe in our ability to achieve this goal. Some say this is impossible. But we say ‘impossible’ does not exist as long as there is a will."
Al Mansoori told the Dubai Ruler that the experiments he is conducting on board the ISS are progressing according to plan.
Sheikh Mohammed asked him how he felt in the first moments after boarding the spacecraft at the start of the historic journey, with Al Mansoori replying that he was overwhelmed with pride and joy to realise Zayed's ambition.
Sheikh Mohammed concluded his live call with Hazzaa Al Mansouri wishing him success in his mission and a safe journey back home.
Al Mansoori said that he is proud to be the first to carry the UAE flag into space.