First Arabic Tour at the ISS, courtesy of Hazzaa AlMansoori

by John Carlo Bogayan

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Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released a new video of Emirati Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori while giving a tour around the International Space Station.

The first filmed tour in the ISS showed AlMansoori explaining the segments, units, components, equipment and tools of the ISS. The video presents a valuable Arabic content about ISS, a research lab orbiting Earth with altitude of around 400 km above ground.

“We are delighted to be sharing part of the scientific mission in Arabic language, for the first time upon the return of Hazzaa AlMansoori from his mission to ISS. We are confident that it would help elevate knowledge about the space sector in the Arab world,” said HE Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC.

“The UAE contributes to enhancing the level of awareness about this sector in the region; the wise leadership in the UAE had directed us to ensure that Hazzaa’s mission aboard ISS is an honorable representation for the Arab region and at MBRSC we are committed to deliver this aspiration; this is why we are keen to share the content of the mission with the Arab world where it can be a trusted source of information,” he added.

Furthermore, a photograph of Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first astronaut, appeared on the video at the Russian section of the ISS. It showed the flags representing the participation of countries in experiments with Russia, which includes United Arab Emirates flag.

In addition, the video shows the Russian lab where all AlManssori’s experiments took place during his eight-day mission to the ISS.

Salem AlMarri, Head of the UAE Astronaut Programme said “Content about the International Space Station is available online in different languages, but for the first time, detailed Arabic content about the different segments and components of the ISS would be available thanks to AlMansoori’s filmed tour.”