By Sam Bridge
Hazza Al Mansouri has revealed in TV interview that he is now working on the UAE's next major space mission
Two months since making history as the first UAE astronaut to travel to space, Hazza Al Mansouri has revealed that he is now working on the UAE's next major space mission.
Speaking to Euronews about what’s next for the UAE and space travel, Al Mansouri said following his trip to the International Space Station, he is now focusing his attention on the UAE’s Hope Mission, which is set to reach Mars on the UAE’s 50th anniversary, making it the ninth country to touch down on the planet.
Al Mansouri said he is also working on the UAE’s 100-year program named 2117 with an objective of sending people to Mars by this date.
In the interview, Al Mansouri said: “One of the really most challenging things is food security, energy, how we can survive there with the high radiation affecting our bodies. So, all of these challenges that we encounter we have to study them now from here and to build up also a culture of science.
"Just to mention... we will build up like a simulation of habitat here in the UAE. We simulate the living on Mars. And with that, we will build up like different buildings, museum and also scientists will be hosted also in this habitat simulation or to study more Mars environment.
"And definitely just to highlight that the challenges that we'll have onboard the station or also on future on Mars or on moon, that they will also affect us here on ground from food security, energy or how to provide water also.”
Commenting on introducing UAE food to the International Space Station and the reaction he received, Al Mansouri added: “I offered them UAE food on board the station. It was amazing for them and interesting because our food, as you know, it has its unique flavour and also spices... So they liked it, actually. And we did a lot of pictures and they liked it. And they said that we want to order this more in future. So I hope it will be the permanent.”
The UAE’s first astronaut said he is now spearheading the UAE’s future space missions and engaging the UAE youth about the space culture.
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