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UAE astronaut Hazza to suit up for launch on September 20

UAE astronaut Hazza to suit up for launch on September 20

Dubai - Al Mansoori will traveling onboard the Soyuz MS-15 mission and is part of the S61 Expedition.



By Sarwat Nasir

Published: Mon 16 Sep 2019, 10:39 PM

Last updated: Tue 17 Sep 2019, 2:05 PM

UAE astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori will be doing his second Sokol space suit fitting on September 20 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, just five days ahead of his historic launch to the International Space Station (ISS).

Al Mansoori and his back-up Sultan Al Neyadi have been in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, since September 10. Al Mansoori has been doing daily medical tests, including the rotating chair, which is meant to familiarise his body to motion sickness and help him fight against it.

On September 16, he uploaded a story on social media, which showed him spinning on the rotating chair. "Spinning to provoke my vestibular system," he posted.

Al Mansoori will traveling onboard the Soyuz MS-15 mission and is part of the S61 Expedition. On September 25, during liftoff time, the Soyuz launcher will reach an orbital speed of 28,800kmph.

On September 18, Al Mansoori will be taking part in a tree planting ceremony, which is tradition by the Russia and has been held since the days of Yuri Gagarin, the first man to go to space in 1961.

sarwat@khaleejtimes.com

The 3 stages of the spatial journey

The Soyuz launch process includes three stages

> Stage 1

Speed: 8,300kmph

Distance from earth: 41km
> Stage 2

Speed: 13,500kmph

Distance from earth: 176km

> Stage 3

The spaceship gets a final thrust to move out of gravity's reach.


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