September 25th was indeed a momentous day for the UAE with the first Emirati Astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri ascending to space, joined by Russian commander Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir onboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The journey was part the UAE’s National Space Programme developed by Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, with the ultimate goal of reaching Mars by 2021 and eventually build the first settlement in the red planet by 2117.
So let’s break down the historic events that followed Hazza’s trip to space:
He documented his experience aboard the ISS which is a floating laboratory orbiting the earth at a speed of 17,000 miles/hour. The UAE had the privilege to watch Hazza as he conducts his research from over 400km altitude.