The First Emirati Astronaut

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It’s one of the proudest moments for the UAE, which has a small selection of two rookie astronauts who have been working alongside agencies who have been in the crew business for decades — NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency or Roscosmos, and the other partner entities of the International Space Station (ISS) in Europe, Japan and Canada.
Hazza Al Mansouri is scheduled to launch with NASA rookie astronaut Jessica Meir, and veteran Russian commander Oleg Skripochka, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The trio will launch on a Soyuz spacecraft on Wednesday (Sept. 25) at 9:57 a.m. EDT (6:57 p.m. Kazakhstan time, 1357 GMT).

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