Meet fifth crew member accompanying Sultan Al Neyadi in ISS

When Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi embarked on the longest space mission in Arab history on Friday, it was his tiny companion that caught everyone's fancy.

Dressed in a space suit, Mascot Suhail was seen floating about the International Space Station, as Crew-6 members were welcomed onboard. 

Named after the "second brightest star in the sky", Suhail is the official mascot of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.

Al Neyadi introduced the mission's "fifth crew member" as it floated at the end of a tether aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft "Endeavour" on Thursday, signalling  "zero-g indicator."

"Suhail is the Arabic name for the star Canopus. In the Middle East, we anticipate the appearance of Canopus because it marks the end of summer and the beginning of cool times," he explained.

The mascot earlier flew to space with UAE's first astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori in 2019.

"Many people think Suhail is an alien, but to me, he is a man in a spacesuit with high ambitions," he added.

More from Local

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • Off Script with Chris, Robbie & Sonal

    5:00pm - 7:00pm

    The UAE’s alternative take on news, entertainment and sport. Join Chris, Robbie and Sonal as they cut through the clutter to bring you the news, entertainment and sport stories that actually matter.

  • Extra Time

    7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Chris & Robbie bring you the latest from the sporting world plus interviews with upcoming and legendary sporting stars.


On Dubai Eye

  • Innovations in policing top World Police Summit agenda

    The latest breakthroughs in policing, security and public safety are being discussed and exhibited at the World Police Summit (WPS) - the ultimate gathering of security experts from around the world.

  • Dubai schools set for fee increase

    Private schools in Dubai will be able to hike tuition fees by up to 3 per cent for the 2023-24 academic year, according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).