On Tuesday, March 7, the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, held a live video call on NASA TV with the Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, commending him on the safe trip at the International Space Station (ISS).
Al Neyadi, currently based in the ISS for the upcoming six months, alongside Crew-6 teammates, has set to make history in the first-ever Arab space mission.
During the video call, His Highness highlighted the significance of this historical trip, underlining that the UAE’s stellar achievements are a testament to its citizens’ bund and determined endeavors and the dedication of numerous task forces. He expressed confidence that the nation’s space program is poised for even more outstanding accomplishments in the future.
According to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed, the Arab region urgently requires a source of inspiration to advance its scientific potential. He noted that the UAE’s accomplishments had set an example for the region and the entire globe. Additionally, he remarked that Al Neyadi’s feat has brought to fruition the aspirations of his Arab brethren.
“I always say that everything is possible for the people of the UAE, and our strong will makes the impossible possible,” these were the invigorating words of the Ruler.
“Today, our flag has reached space and flown around Mars,” His Highness told the Emirati astronaut.
During his briefing, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed received an update on the scientific experiments that Al Neyadi has been conducting since arriving at the ISS. He was informed that the planned scientific program remains on schedule and presents an opportunity for the UAE to engage in collaborative research with international space agencies. Specifically, the research will focus on the effects of zero gravity on the human body and how to mitigate its risks in future space missions.
The upcoming transition from Crew-5 to Crew-6 is now underway, with the former team set to undock and return to Earth off the coast of Florida upon completing their tasks. Following the handover, Crew-6 will initiate groundbreaking scientific research to prepare for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and driving progress on Earth.
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