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Soyuz spacecraft carrying UAE astronaut Hazzaa docks with ISS

Sarwat Nasir
Filed on September 26, 2019 | Last updated on September 26, 2019 at 06.22 am
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Khaleej Times is reporting live from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.


The world's attention was set towards the UAE's mission to the International Space Station (ISS) today, as Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori carried out a historic mission on board the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft.

AlMansoori headed to space with Russian commander Oleg Skripochka and Nasa astronaut Jessica Meir. Their launch took place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Reserve Emirati astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi was also at Baikonur with Russian commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Thomas Marshburn from Nasa.

At exactly 5.57pm local time today, the FG rocket took off from Baikonur, powering the Soyuz spacecraft that carried a 3-member crew, including AlMansoori.

Khaleej Times was live from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, where Hazzaa AlMansoori begun his historic journey to space.

The network at Baikonur Cosmodrome was provided by IEC Telecom.

Here are the latest updates:

11:44pm

Docking confirmed at 11.42pm, 3 minutes ahead of schedule.

11:40pm

11:22pm

Only minutes to go before the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft carrying Hazzaa docks with the International Space Station.

9:12pm

Dubai's Burj Khalifa lights up to mark UAE astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori's historic mission.

6:15pm

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, congratulates Hazzaa for becoming the first Emirati in space.

5:57pm

5:54pm

5:53pm

5:43pm

5:25pm

5:19pm

5:15pm

5:14pm

UAE officials arrive in Baikonur to witness the launch.

5:10pm

Less than an hour to go until Hazzaa lifts off.

4:59pm

UAE is all geared up to witness Hazzaa's historic journey to space.

4:48pm

4:32pm

4:30pm

4:00pm

Hazzaa AlMansoori dons the Sokol space suit.

1:50pm

Hazzaa AlMansoori's 9-year-old daughter kept jumping and tapping his window after he went inside the bus.

12:40pm

UAE astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori has departed from the building and is heading for the spacesuit donning.

12:15pm

UAE astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori has departed from the building and is heading for the spacesuit donning. AlMansoori appeared to be happy and emotional as his young children waved him to say goodbye. His 9-year-old daughter kept jumping and tapping his window after he went inside the bus.

12:05pm

Sultan AlNeyadi father and Hazzaa AlMansoori's relatives arrive at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Baikonur.

11:46am

Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), arrives at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Baikonur.

11:15am

10:45am

A massive crowd, consisting of tourists and media, have gathered outside the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Baikonur, where AlMansoori will board a bus and head to another building to put his Sokol suit on.

Wednesday, 10:40am


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