It’s a proud day for the United Arab Emirates. Emirati astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori just took off into space. He marks UAE history as the first Emirati to join a space mission.
The 35 year old Emirati father is joined on the six hour journey to the International Space Station by Russian commander Oleg Skripochka and Nasa’s Jessica Meir.
The launch was streamed live here:
It was back in April that the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced its selection of Hazzaa Al Mansoori as the prime astronaut for the 8 day mission.
Today he boarded the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft which launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Hazzaa tweeted earlier to share his feelings before the launch.
Hazzaa is set to plant the UAE flag at the International Space Station before returning to Earth on 3rd October 2019.