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Watch: UAE’s first astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori trains for future lunar missions

Dubai: He successfully completed his task of being the first Arab surge leader of Expedition 69 during his colleague Sultan Al Neyadi’s longest Arab space mission just a few days ago.

Hazza Al Mansoori, the first UAE astronaut to go to space, is now back in action, training for a bigger mission in human spaceflight.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) in Dubai on Wednesday night released images of Al Mansoori undergoing training that will equip him for future lunar missions.

MBRSC said Al Mansoori conducted SEATEST-6 training, which stands for Space Environment Analog for Testing EVA Systems and Training. EVA is an extravehicular activity that is also known as spacewalk.

Al Mansoori, who spent eight days on the International Space Station during the UAE’s first human spaceflight in 2019, embarked on a new journey that would test his physical and mental endurance as he refines his skills for the demanding lunar environment. .

Training program

Their latest training program included diving, simulating the lunar surface environment and transferring payloads, according to MBRSC.

The agency published photos of Al Mansoori with his training partners, which included big names such as NASA astronauts Jonny Kim and Sunita Williams and Canadian astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons.

Kim, a former US Navy Seal, was one of 18 astronauts selected by NASA to form its Artemis Team and help pave the way for upcoming astronaut missions to and around the Moon as part of the Artemis Program. .

Williams, the second American astronaut of Indian descent to go to space, is a veteran who had set several records as a woman astronaut during her missions to the ISS.

The Canadian Space Agency’s third female astronaut, Sidey-Gibbons was the youngest astronaut candidate ever selected by the CSA at the age of 28.

Al Mansoori’s participation in this training represents not only an important milestone in his own space journey, but also a testament to the UAE’s commitment to human space exploration, paving the way for future missions.

Astronauts Mohammad Al Mulla and Nora Al Matrooshi, the duo who form the second group of Emirati astronauts, also recently received training that included classes covering topics such as the surfaces of the Moon and Mars.

They also drew a geological map that helps show where different rocks and features exist on the surfaces of the Moon and Mars.

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