Astronauts from the US, Russia, and UAE are dispatched by SpaceX to the space station: 4 astronauts were sent to the International Space Station by Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket business for NASA, including the first Arab to travel there and stay for several months.
On Thursday, shortly after midnight, the Falcon rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, lighting up the night sky as it traveled up the East Coast.
With the rendezvous scheduled for around 06:15 GMT on Friday, the journey to the International Space Station (ISS), a laboratory orbiting roughly 420 kilometers (250 miles) above Earth, was predicted to take close to 25 hours.
A Russian Air Force veteran who is a space novice. As astronaut Sultan al-Neyadi, the second Emirati to travel to space blasted out on his six-month mission, close to 80 United Arab Emirates spectators watched from the launch site.
Dubai and other UAE locations planned to broadcast the event live halfway across the world from their businesses and educational institutions.
NASA’s Warren “Woody” Hoburg, a former research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and space novice, and Stephen Bowen, a retired Navy submariner who went on three space shuttle flights, and Andrey Fedyaev, a Russian spaceflight rookie, is also traveling on the Dragon capsule, which is scheduled to arrive at the space station on Friday.
A clogged filter in the engine ignition system forced Monday’s initial launch attempt to be postponed at the last minute.
An American, Russian, and Japanese team that has been stationed there since October will be replaced by them. Two Russians and an American whose six-month stay was extended to September due to a Soyuz capsule leak make up the other station occupants. Last Saturday, a new Soyuz arrived.
Al-Neyadi, a communications engineer, backed up the first Emirati astronaut, Hazza al-Mansoori, who traveled to the space station in 2019 aboard a Russian rocket for a seven-day stay. Al-seat Neyadi on the SpaceX voyage was covered by the UAE.
The lengthy mission “provides us a new venue for science and scientific discoveries for the country,” according to Sarah al-Amiri, minister of public education and advanced technologies for the UAE. Salem al-Marri, director general of the UAE’s space center in Dubai, said, “We want to do something other than merely travel to space and then not have much to do there or not have influence.
A spacecraft from the UAE is already in Mars’ orbit, while a Japanese lander is taking a little rover to the Moon. NASA’s most recent spacecraft is used to educate two new UAE astronauts. The first Arab in space was the Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman, launched in 1985 on the shuttle Discovery. His successor was the Syrian astronaut Muhammad Faris, who was launched by Russia two years after he was. They spent nearly a week in space together.
Two Saudi astronauts will travel to the space station with Al-Neyadi this spring on a quick, private SpaceX journey funded by their government.
Three Arabs in orbit at once will be “very thrilling, highly interesting,” he predicted last week.Also keen to learn more is our region.
He is consuming a lot of dates to share with his employees, especially during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month that began this month. He claimed that fasting is not required to keep Ramadan while in orbit because it could weaken him and endanger his mission.
The crew’s captain, Bowen, claimed that despite the four members’ national differences, they had gotten along well as a group. The US and Russia have kept working together on the space station and trading trips there despite the hostility surrounding the conflict in Ukraine.
It’s amazing to have the opportunity to travel with these people, Bowen said.