Hazza Al Mansouri, The First UAE Citizen In Space, Returns Safely To Earth
Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut in space, returned to Earth on Thursday afternoon after a historic eight-day mission that saw him spend time at the International Space Station.
On landing in Zhezqazghan, Kazakhstan, a clearly exhilarated Al Mansouri was draped in a UAE flag as he was carried off for medical tests.
The former F16 military pilot became the first Emirati to go to space on August 25 when he took off in the Soyuz MS15 rocket from Khazakstan alongside American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.
His mission consisted mainly of conducting experiments on the human body and cell growth in microgravity, but also included an element of culture sharing where he introduced his crew members to Emirati heritage.
Throughout his stay at ISS, Al Mansouri posted some stunning photographs onto his Instagram account. The Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), also posted images of the Al Masnouri conducting experiments in zero gravity on their Instagram account, using the hashtag #FirstUAEAstronaut.
Among the other images posted by the 35-year-old Emirati astronaut was a spectacular photo of Masjid Al Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Known also as The Grand Mosque, it is the holiest site in Islam.
On Tuesday, as his mission on board the ISS neared its final days, Al Mansouri donned the Emirati national dress to the delight of his crew members, who smiled as they posed for photos of a landmark moment.
He followed that up with photo of the UAE which he captioned: “From the happiest astronaut to the happiest nation...this is history, this is the UAE from space”.
On his last day on he posted a selfie of himself in his blue space space suit, before adding an emotional video from spot he called “my favourite spot abroad the International Space Station”, because it allowed him to watch the beauty of Earth from space.