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Emirati astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori undergoes medical tests in Russia

Al Mansoori's experiments include testing sensory adaptation, in comparison to a similar test performed on him during his presence at the ISS

Emirati astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori undergoes medical tests in Russia

Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, is continuing his scientific mission back on earth after undergoing a number of medical experiments.

Al Mansoori returned to earth on Thursday following eight days at the International Space Station.

He has since been through a series of medical tests by specialists in the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) in Moscow, Russia.

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), said: “Carrying on with the medical studies is an important part of the UAE’s first manned mission to space. Through the work of the UAE Astronaut Programme team and in partnership with the global agencies, we ensure the success of the scientific mission, which will add new and important data to the global scientific community about the impact of space missions on human beings.”

The experiments include testing sensory adaptation, in comparison to a similar test performed on him during his presence at the ISS.

Al Mansoori is also undergoing osteology tests; studying bone status indexes, body composition, and endocrine regulation in astronauts, before and after short-term space flight, as well as body composition, fluid shifts, physical activities, and astronaut nutrition.

And he is completing a comprehensive diagnosis for the kidney, thyroid, and digestive system using ultrasound, in addition to the study of autonomic regulation of the cardiovascular system, central hymodynamics, and the influence of space flight factors on the spatial distribution of the energy of heart contractions.

The medical studies included the cardio-vector experiment which studies the heart rate variability analysis in comparison between earth and space; as well as the motor control and countermeasures which is the study of mechanisms of action and efficiency of different countermeasures against disturbances in the astronaut’s motor activity under space flight conditions.

Salem Al Marri, the UAE Astronaut Programme manager, said: “The experiments Hazzaa is undergoing now are part of his scientific mission which started before his flight to ISS; he is going through a number of medical checks to study the effects of space flights on humans. The objective is to find answers to questions posed by the scientific community.”

“Hazzaa is in good health condition and high morals. His mission continues after he’s back to the UAE, when he will be sharing his experience with a number of academic and scientific entities.”

While in the ISS, Al Mansoori conducted 16 scientific experiments in cooperation with international space agencies, including Roscosmos, the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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