In 2018, two UAE men were selected for the UAE Astronaut Programme.
From thousands of applicants, Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayad were chosen to undergo a rigorous training process at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia, to prep for a trip to the International Space Station.
Now, for the first time, Hazza and Sultan are taking part in a press conference on Monday, February 25 at the Mohamed Bin Rashid Space Centre, and you cant watch it live on Instagram here.
Have questions? Submit them on Twitter using the tag #UAEAstronauts
“Mohamed Bin Rashid Space Centre invites you to ask our astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori & Sultan Al Neyadi about their journey, training process in preparation to go to the ISS, and personal experience using the hashtag #UAEAstronauts. Selected questions will be answered at a press conference on Monday”
MBRSC invites you to ask @astro_hazzaa & @Astro_Alneyadi about their experience and training process in preparation to go to the ISS using the hashtag #UAEAstronauts. Selected questions will be answered at a press conference on 25th of Feb live on MBRSC instagram and Dubai TV. pic.twitter.com/lGFMyrcatI
— MBR Space Centre (@MBRSpaceCentre) February 20, 2019
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#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
The pair have been in training at the Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia
— MBR Space Centre (@MBRSpaceCentre) January 26, 2019
The UAE’s interest in space exploration is no secret: In 2018, the first ever satellite developed in the UAE and built 100% by UAE engineers, the Khalifa Sat, launched from a station in Japan
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) October 29, 2018
Hazza and Sultan were selected from thousands of applicants to begin training in 2018
Dubai’s ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai congratulated them at the time, ‘Hazza and Sultan represent all young Arabs and represent the pinnacle of the UAE’s aspirations. Congratulations to the people and youth of the Emirates’
We announced today our first astronauts to the International Space Station: Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi. Hazza and Sultan represent all young Arabs and represent the pinnacle of the UAE’s ambitions.
Congratulations to the people and youth of the Emirates pic.twitter.com/UNqRXdtsjS
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 3, 2018