Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 February 2020

UAE in space: 11 fun facts about the mission to ISS

When Major Hazza blasts into orbit on Wednesday history will be made

Emirati astronaut Major Hazza Al Mansouri will blast into space on Wednesday evening in the culmination of months of training and years of planning.

The father-of-four's mission will take him where no Emirati has gone before, crammed into Soyuz MS-15 alongside Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir as they hurtle towards the International Space Station at 13,000kph.

His journey to Gagarin's Start on Wednesday has meant training, handmade suits and chairs, technical marvels and meticulous planning.

Above are 11 of the fascinating facts and figures along the way...

Updated: September 24, 2019 05:35 PM

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