Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 22 January 2020

'This is the UAE from space': Hazza Al Mansouri shares image of the Emirates taken from ISS

The Emirati astronaut is due back on Earth on Thursday

Hazza Al Mansouri's photo of the UAE from space. Courtesy Twitter / @astro_hazzaa  
Hazza Al Mansouri's photo of the UAE from space. Courtesy Twitter / @astro_hazzaa  

Its outline is instantly recognisable, but the image is all the more remarkable given its context.

Hazza Al Mansouri, the UAE's first astronaut, has shared a picture of the Emirates taken from the International Space Station.

"From the happiest astronaut to the happiest nation...this is history, this is the UAE from space," he tweeted on Tuesday evening.

The clear skies over the UAE and surrounding nations make it easy to see the desert land mass of the Middle East and the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, with just a few areas of cloud covering the mountainous regions.

While the islands of Abu Dhabi are clearly visible, Dubai's Palm Jumeirah can be spotted with a little help from the zoom button.

Taking the picture may have been a challenge for Maj Al Mansouri given that the ISS travels at more than 7km per second, although as it orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, he should had a few windows of opportunity.

Earlier in the day, he was pictured looking at home at the space station wearing an Emirati kandura as he shared the UAE's culture with the eight other astronauts on board.

The 34-year-old will return to Earth on Thursday when he is due to land at one of three sites in Kazakhstan at about 4pm UAE time.

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Updated: October 2, 2019 06:43 PM

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