Hazzaa's kids get emotional during farewell from behind wall

Hazzaas kids get emotional during farewell from behind wall

AlMansoori, a father of four, is famously attached to his children.



By Sarwat Nasir

Published: Thu 26 Sep 2019, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Fri 27 Sep 2019, 8:53 AM

Emotional scenes unfolded as the UAE's first astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori, bid farewell to his children and family members from behind a glass wall. They could be seen watching on emotionally as their father put his spacesuit on.
AlMansoori, a father of four, is famously attached to his children. He has often said in the past that he is heading to space for his kids.
He's especially close to his nine-year-old daughter, who was present during the final interaction opportunity they had, just two hours before liftoff. His daughter and son curiously watched their father as the Roscosmos team placed him on a mock Soyuz spacecraft seat and fitted his helmet onto the suit. They appeared a bit nervous, intrigued, but also happy and proud as they watched their dad gear up for his historic mission.
This reporter was among the few who witnessed these few moments they had together.
Hazzaa's eyes remained focused on his kids' faces most of the time, as he waved at them, blew them air kisses, made funny faces for them and smiled.
Most of his focus throughout the launch day was on his children, as they waved him goodbye earlier in the day when he came out of the Cosmonaut Hotel. Hazzaa's brother lifted his daughter up and she tapped on the window, trying to get a better look at her dad.
The next time his family will see him will be on the livestreams he will be doing onboard the ISS and then when he returns to earth on October 3.
sarwat@khaleejtimes.com


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