First Emirati Astronaut Arrives in ISS

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Photo Credits: NBC News

The Soyuz rocket blasted off Wednesday at 5:37pm (UAE time) from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome to fulfill a mission at International Space Station (ISS).

Hazzaa AlMansoori, a military pilot from UAE docked at ISS six hours later together with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka from Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The three astronauts are set to begin their eight-day mission under a contract between the UAE and Roscosmos. It was the third time for the Russian astronaut to reach the space orbit. Meanwhile, it was the first for the American and Emirati astronaut.

Almansoori, Meir, and Skripochka will join six other in the space station. Then, Almansoori will return to the Earth next week with Alexey Ovchinin and NASA’s Nick Hague.