On Friday, Emirati astronaut Maj Hazza Al Mansouri after spending two days in space had his first Q&A session from the International Space Station (ISS) and he was evidently filled with pride when he shared how beautiful the UAE looks from outer space.
From the ISS – Hazza came online during a live broadcast to interact with, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, students and members of the public at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.
The Q&A sesh which was led by Sheikh Mohammed lasted about 25 minutes.
A historic moment for the UAE as Sheikh Mohammed speaks to astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri at the ISS in a live broadcast, from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
Hazza said that he is absolutely thrilled to have fulfiled Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan a.k.a baba Zayed’s dreams
When questioned by Sheikh Mohammed about his state of mind when the rocket was carrying him to space, Hazza replied:
“Thank you, Your Highness, I am very happy and proud to be the first Emirati astronaut from the Arab world to speak to you in Arabic from the ISS. It is an incredible feeling. Today, Zayed’s ambition has reached space. Thank you for making this possible for your people.”
“When we reached the outer space of the atmosphere, it was an indescribable feeling. I remember everything, the moment we took off, the rocket acceleration, the gradual absence of gravity, which meant we arrived in the space and ISS. It is indeed an incredible feeling.”
The room was bustling with excited students and dignitaries that were clapping and cheering for Hazza as he appeared on screen for the Q&A sesh from the space station
Hazza being the FIRST ever Emirati to travel to space described seeing the UAE from outer space as ‘the best feeling that he’s ever had in his life’