KT live blog: UAE astronauts follow Russia's pre-launch space activities

KT live blog: UAE astronauts follow Russias pre-launch space activities

Khaleej Times is reporting live from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, from today and until launch day.

By Sarwat Nasir

Published: Wed 18 Sep 2019, 10:34 AM

Last updated: Wed 18 Sep 2019, 6:46 PM

Exactly on this day next week, the UAE will make history as the country's first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori will rocket off into space.
September 25, 2019, is set to be a historic date for the nation as Al Mansoori will take the flag to the International Space Station (ISS), where no Arab has ever been before.
Khaleej Times is reporting live from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, where UAE's first astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori and his back up Sultan Al Neyadi are signing some last documentation to use Russia's Soyuz spacecraft on September 25.

Al Mansoori will be launching to the International Space Station at exactly 5.56pm, UAE time.
Khaleej Times has entered the Cosmonaut Hotel, where Al Mansoori and Al Neyadi are staying at under quarantine. We were required to undergo a medical test and wear safety outfits to get up close to the astronauts, where we documented their signing of the documents. Later they are going to be taking part in traditional sports activities and a tree-planting ceremony.
Here are the latest updates from Baikonur, Kazakhstan:



UAE's first astronaut planting trees a week before his launch as part of Russia's space traditions.


Watch: UAE astronauts take tilting table test. This test measures how the astronauts' bodies will adapt to blood flow in their brain when they are in micro-gravity.


UAE astronauts take the rotating chair test, which is meant to ensure their bodies adapt to the feeling of motion sickness.



Here are the UAE astronauts doing some final documentation for the trip to space on September 25.

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