March 23, 2023

‘Son of Emeritus’ praised as he departs for historic space mission


Following the successful launch of Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Nayadi’s space mission, the President and Vice President of the UAE issued congratulatory words expressing their pride.

According to AFP, he is the second Emirati to travel to space.

President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan tweeted, “I join the nation in congratulating Sultan Al Nayadi as he embarks on his first mission to the International Space Station.” “Their impressive achievement is a source of great pride for the UAE and another milestone in the journey of ambition for our nation and our people.”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai also expressed his joy at the launch of Al Nayadi, the first extended space mission by an Arab nation.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, witnessed the launch at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center.

Al-Niyadi and his Crew 6 co-workers Stephen Bowen, Warren Hoberg, and Andrey Fedayev were aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft Endeavor when it successfully entered orbit earlier today.

Nyadi, 41, is the fourth astronaut from an Arab country and the second from the oil-rich United Arab Emirates to travel to space. His compatriot Huza al-Mansoori flew on an eight-day mission in 2019.

Crew-6 will land on the space station Friday morning after a 24.5-hour journey.

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