You can now ask the first UAE astronauts your questions
This is your chance to ask them anything…
Got a burning question for the UAE’s first astronauts? Well, now is your chance to ask them.
The UAE’s first astronaut is set to launch into space this September for an eight-day mission to the International Space Station. Heading to space will be one of the two Emirati astronauts who are currently in Russia, training for their mission; Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi.
Dubai-based Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre will host an event on Monday February 25 to announce mission details and name the chosen astronaut. During this press conference, questions asked on Twitter using the hashtag #UAEAstronauts will be put forward to the space men.
@Astro_Hazzaa & @Astro_Alneyadi during the parabolic flight training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. The two UAE astronauts are practicing donning Sokol space suit weighing 10kg within 25 to 30 seconds in a micro-gravity environment. pic.twitter.com/HeDiOCsjsY
— MBR Space Centre (@MBRSpaceCentre) January 26, 2019
UAE residents can put forward their burning questions until Monday, and then tune into the press conference live on the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Instagram to see the answers.
#UAEAstronauts If you could stay in space indefinitely, what would you hope to accomplish there in your life-time?
— Marcee Lee Winthrop (@MarceeleeWin) February 20, 2019
Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi will also be giving their first public appearance at the Dubai Literature Festival to discuss their experiences and launch the new book Journey to Space: The Story of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Salem Mourrari, Assistant Director General for Science and Technology, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre said, “Once we’ve launched [the first] astronaut we plan to have a continuous sustainable programme, where will will select further astronauts. We will continue training our existing astronauts, looking for suitable missions for us, linked with our scientific objectives and then we’ll conduct those space missions.”
Images: Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre