Ahead of his arrival, he shared a touching tribute to the founding father of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He said,
“With fear and pride, I am returning with Zayed’s ambition achieved. We are not done yet, and we will never be. To bring back the golden era of Arab astronauts.”
Hazza Al Mansoori
An eight day voyage to the International Space Station
Al Mansoori embarked on an eight-day journey to the International Space Station, conducting earth observations, interacting with ground stations and sharing information. He also shared photos of what the UAE, Mecca and North Africa look like from space and shared a part of Emirati culture with the crew aboard.
Here’s what Sheikh Mohammed had to say about Hazzaa’s achievement
“Welcome back Hazza Al Mansouri after your journey as the first Arab Astronaut to the International Space Station. We are proud of your achievement and the knowledge and expertise we have gained through your trip. We have broadened the horizons of our future generations in space.”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE