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The capsule seen from the ISS, barely a few metres away from the docking point, late on Wednesday night. Image Credit: NASA

Abu Dhabi: A congratulatory message from the UAE leadership was broadcast via a few loudspeakers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi at 11:30 am on the occasion to congratulate the UAE citizens and residents on the arrival of Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut to the International Space Station.

“In the name of Allah the Merciful ... The UAE leadership congratulates its people and residents on the occasion of the children of Zayed's arrival at the International Space Station. This milestone achievement reinforces the approach of Emiratis to work, giving and determination to serve their country and take it to new heights. God save the UAE and its loyal people,”

Al Mansouri will conduct 16 scientific experiments in cooperation with international space agencies, including the Russian Roscosmos, the European Space Agency (ESA), and NASA. Six of these experiments will be done aboard the ISS to study Brain DTI, osteology, motor control, time perception in microgravity, Fluidics (fluid dynamics in space), and DNAm-Age. Some of these results will be compared with previous results taken prior to the mission.

The scientific mission includes experiments involving schools in the UAE as part of MBRSC’s Science in Space initiative. The first phase of the initiative witnessed the participation of nearly 16 schools from the UAE, in the presence of Al Mansouri. These experiments will be conducted in a microgravity environment aboard the ISS and the results will be compared with those done on earth, as part of supporting the UAE curriculum with new scientific materials.