Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi.


UAE’s first astronauts train for historic space journey


DUBAI – The UAE’s first astronauts have begun training in Moscow for a history-making journey to space.

Hazza Al Mansouri, 34, and Sultan Al Neyadi, 37, are at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre to prepare for their journey to the International Space Station.

Only one of them will be chosen to go on the mission aboard a Soyuz rocket in April.

During their training in Russia, the duo will be exposed to high gravitational speeds and diving exercises that will last for hours to mimic conditions in space.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, hailed the duo for helping the UAE become a part of the international space community.

“We are very proud of you and the good efforts of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre to raise the name of the UAE and this time a new Emirati achievement will be recorded in space,” Sheikh Hamdan said. GAD/Expat Media


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