Emirati astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori takes part in second Q&A session from ISS
Students in Dubai were given a science lesson straight from space on Sunday as Emirati astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori conducted his second live broadcast from the International Space Station.
Potential future astronauts looked on in awe at the footage from the ISS, as Al Mansoori bounced around the station, did a somersault and answered questions, with the UAE flag positioned proudly behind him.
Al Mansoori, who is the first Emirati astronaut, revealed that the temperature in the ISS is 22 degrees Celsius and the main source of oxygen comes “from a process carried out on water”.
He also told students that learning the Russian language – he has been conducting experiments at the ISS with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka - wasn’t easy, but he has also managed to teach his fellow astronauts some Arabic phrases.
He said he keeps in touch with family via special telephones and email and, in the small amount of spare time he has, he reads ‘My Story’ by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
Al Mansoori also shared a series of photos with the team at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) conducting an experiment on bone status indexes, body composition, and endocrine regulation in astronauts. This experiment on Osteology is conducted in cooperation with the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos.
The pictures show Al Mansoori and Skripochka while using the station’s equipment to conduct the experiment. He also appears in a different picture as he calculates his body mass index to study the impact of microgravity on bone density.
Al Mansoori will conduct 16 scientific experiments in cooperation with international space agencies, including Roscosmos, the European Space Agency, ESA, NASA, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA.
Six of these experiments will be conducted in microgravity, and the results of the two environments will later be compared. The experiments include studying the reaction of vital indicators of the human body aboard the ISS, as well as other physical, biological and chemical experiments.