UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi speaks ahead of ISS space mission


UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi has said he feels "ready and excited" ahead of his six-month mission to the International Space Station.

He joins a team of three other crew members onboard a Falcon 9 rocket as part of the SpaceX/Nasa Crew-6 mission.

Speaking at a press conference for the launch, Al Neyadi explained the intense pressures he and his fellow crew members will undergo.

He also spoke positively about the UAE's ambitions with space research and travel. 

After the press conference, the crew got the chance to sign the conference room door, a tradition that has been maintained for years.

"I am happy and honoured to follow the footsteps of my colleague Hazza Al Mansouri who did this back in 2019," Al Neyadi said.

The launch will take place on February 26 at 11:07 am (UAE time).

In 2019, his colleague Hazza Al Mansouri became the first Arab astronaut to go to the space station for an eight-day trip. 

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