Video: Historic moment when UAE astronaut Hazzaa entered the ISS

Hazzaa AlMansoori, UAE, ISS, First emirate astronaut

Baikonur - AlMansoori will return to Earth next week.


Published: Thu 26 Sep 2019, 6:54 AM

Last updated: Fri 27 Sep 2019, 12:36 PM

An American, a Russian and the first space flyer from the UAE blasted off Wednesday on a mission to the International Space Station.

A Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off at 6:57 p.m. (5:37pm UAE time, 1357 GMT) from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome to lift a Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft into orbit.

The ship carrying NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Hazzaa AlMansoori, a military pilot from the UAE, docked at the International Space Station about six hours later.

It was the third spaceflight for Skripochka and the first for Meir and AlMansoori, who flew to the station was on an eight-day mission under a contract between the UAE and Roscosmos.

AlMansoori was the first of two men chosen by UAE to fly to the space station.

The trio will join two Russians, three Americans and an Italian aboard the space station. Meir and Skripochka will spend more than six months in orbit. AlMansoori will return to Earth next week with Russia's Alexey Ovchinin and NASA's Nick Hague.

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