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Video: Astronauts address media ahead of Wednesday's mission to ISS

UAE astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori, NASA, Roscosmos, MBR Space Station

All eyes will be on Hazzaa AlMansoori as he takes off with two other astronauts to the ISS tomorrow.

By Web Report

Published: Tue 24 Sep 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 25 Sep 2019, 9:50 AM

The Soyuz rocket that's taking the UAE's first astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori to space has already been put into position for the historic launch on September 25.
Hundreds of people turned up to see the Soyuz FG rocket roll out of a Baikonur Cosmodrome facility and witness the verticalisation process, where it was placed into lift-off position. The backup crew, including Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, were present to see the verticalisation as it's a Russian tradition for the reserve crew to experience the event. It's considered 'bad luck' for the primary crew to see the rocket positioning prior to launch day.
AlMansoori and Al Neyadi's families were present during the roll-out and verticalisation. They were all smiles as they watched the rocket that's going to take their loved one on a historic mission.
UAE astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori had earlier tested his Soyuz seat and sokol suits ahead of his historic launch to the International Space Station. The next time he'll wear his astronaut suit will be on the lift-off day, September 25.

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