Emirati Astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi to Return from Historic 6-Month Mission
Sultan Al Neyadi, the second Emirati astronaut to travel to space, is scheduled to return to Earth on September 3, 2023. His mission, which lasted for 6 months, was the longest Arab space mission in history.
Al Neyadi launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 3, 2023, aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour. During his time on the ISS, he conducted a number of scientific experiments and outreach activities. He also became the first Arab to perform a spacewalk, alongside his fellow crewmate, NASA astronaut Stephen Bowen.
Al Neyadi’s mission was a major milestone for the UAE’s space program. It helped raise the country’s profile in the global space community and inspired a new generation of young Arabs to pursue careers in STEM fields.
In a statement, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), which is responsible for the UAE’s space program, said that Al Neyadi’s mission was “a historic achievement for the UAE and the Arab world. The MBRSC also said that Al Neyadi’s “contributions to science and outreach will be felt for years to come.”
Al Neyadi’s return to Earth will be a major event in the UAE. He is expected to be greeted as a hero and will be given a parade in his honor. He is also expected to speak to the media about his experiences in space.
Al Neyadi’s mission is a testament to the UAE’s commitment to space exploration. The country has ambitious plans to send its own astronauts to the Moon and Mars in the coming years. Al Neyadi’s mission has helped pave the way for these future missions and has inspired a new generation of young Arabs to dream big.
In addition to his scientific experiments and outreach activities, Al Neyadi also made a number of firsts for an Arab astronaut during his mission. These include:
- Becoming the first Arab to perform a spacewalk
- Conducting the first live broadcast from the ISS in Arabic
- Leading a group of Emirati students in a science experiment on the ISS
Al Neyadi’s mission was a major success and has helped raise the UAE’s profile in the global space community. It is also a source of inspiration for young Arabs around the world.