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UAE in Space - Live from Baikonur: Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori blasts off to space, makes history for UAE



Soyuz MS-15 blasts off to spaceImage Credit: Social Media
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Baikonur: UAE makes history with the launch of Hazzaa AlMansoori to space. Soyuz MS-15 , carrying him and two other astronauts has blasted off the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Follow our live updates of his epic journey.
Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft carrying Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori and international crew has lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to International Space Station.
5.46pm
Hazzaa's sister shares her feelings
Shamsa Al Mansouri, sister of Hazzaa Al Mansouri shares her feelings in Abu Dhabi before her brother takes flight to space.

5.40pm
15 minutes to lift-off
15 minutes before launch: The speaker of Federal National Council Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi arrived at the viewing deck in Baikonur to witness the launch. He is accompanied by FNC members Jamal Al Hai Hamad Bin Gulaita, and Aliyah Al Jassim. The team is in Kazakhstan for the fourth meeting of speakers of the Eurasian countries' parliaments in Nur-Sultan.
5.11pm
Waiting for lift-off
We're less than an hour away before launch. The viewing deck is teeming with activity as they wait for lift-off. Kids and teens dashed to the end of the viewing deck to see the rocket standing tall on the launch pad. The rocket is still enclosed in the twin gantry arms. Temperature has dipped in the area.
5.01pm
Explained: Soyuz Launch process
4.15pm
Hazzaa and prime crew enter spacecraft
Two hours before launch. Hazzaa and the prime crew have gone up the rocket into the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft. The two-hour wait begins. Backup crew Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, Nasa astronaut Thomas Marshburn and Russian commander Sergey Ryzhikov have arrived at the viewing deck.
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Members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS) (from L) United Arab Emirates' astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and US astronaut Jessica Meir report to Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin (R) arrive to board a Soyuz rocket to the ISS, at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 25, 2019.Image Credit: AFP
4.10pm
Astronauts set to leave Earth for a journey to the ISS
4.05pm
We wish Hazzaa all the best: Sultan AlNeyadi
“We are only two hours away from the launch. We wish Hazzaa all the best. We are very excited to reach the space station,” said Sultan AlNeyadi.
“We are also excited to see him reach and the see the flag of the UAE at the ISS, achieving Zayed’s ambition. We wish him luck and inshallah we will see him again soon,” he added.
4.00pm
Hazzaa gets his spacesuit tested
3.52pm
Six crucial stages in Hazzaa's jouney
From lift off at Baikonur Cosmodrome to the ISS, there are six critical stages in Hazzaa's journey.
3.35pm
"Today I carry the dreams and ambition of my country..": Hazzaa AlMansoori tweets
"Decisive hours between glory and awe, between the passion for beginnings and the prestige of the situation. Today, I take on the pride and hopes of this country to a new dimension and horizon. Today, stay away from my homeland, my family and the earth to get closer to the stars of Zayed's ambition. I wish success until another meeting from space .. Your brother Hazzaa AlMansoori," UAE astronaut about to embark on an epic sapce journey has tweeted.
"A few hours before launch and I'm filled with this indescribable feeling of glory and awe. Today I carry the dreams and ambition of my country to a whole new dimension. May Allah grant me success in this mission. Your brother, Hazzaa AlMansoori.," he added.
3.05pm
Victory sign
Officials are lined up on one side in front of the buses to see them off. Hazza makes Sheikh Mohammeds victory sign and waves goodbye to everyone. His kids were also there to bid him good-bye. They posed for some selfies with UAE officials.
The crew is on their way to the launch complex. The astronauts are expected to leave in 20 minutes. Overcast skies.
Hazza and the rest of the crew come out in space suites. They greet the crowd. Everyone is cheering loudly.
2.46pm
A delegation from the UAE Embassy in Kazakhstan arrived at Site 254 to wish Hazzaa well before he is taken to the launch complex. The children met with Hazza. They were happy that everything is going well.
This is the last time they will be meeting family according to Roscosmos.
Crew members are on their way out of the building on their spacesuits. Russian commander Oleg Skripochka led the team to the Baikonur Base commander to report their readiness to fly. They were given the go ahead.
1.45pm
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Hazzaa's daughter saying good-bye to her dadImage Credit: Janice Ponce de Leon/Gulf News
Adult diapers and suiting up
The crew is currently at Site 254 to don their Sokol spacesuits. The Sokol spacesuit will be the astronaut's lifeline while inside the spacecraft if it suddenly experiences experiences depressurisation. It's comparable to the oxygen masks that drop from the overhead compartment in airplanes when the air pressure drops. But because astronauts will be in the spacesuits for hours, astronauts have to wear adult diapers so they wouldn't have to take off the suit if nature calls.
Brunch
The astronauts had brunch at 12:05 before leaving. It will be there final full meal before lift off.
12.44pm
An anthem
As the astronauts left today from the hotel, a song was played while crowds cheered them along, the Russian Federal Space Agency named "Grass by the Home" the official anthem of Russian cosmonauts. They adopted it as an anthem in 2009.
Trava u doma is a 1983 song by former Soviet and Russian music group Zemlyane. The lyrics were written by Anatoly Poperechny and music by Vladimir Migulya. The song is about cosmonauts in the space longing for Earth, their homes and grass near it.
12.30pm
Family waves goodbye
Hazzaa's kids waved goodbye to their dad as he boards the bus taking the crew onwards to the launch site. Hazzaa's three kids sported the iconic royal blue astronaut jumpsuit with a badge saying, "Future astronaut". The family was emotional, his brother was wiping his tears off. While some stood praying.
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Hazzaa's three kids sported the iconic royal blue astronaut jumpsuit with a badge saying, 'Future astronaut'.Image Credit: Janice Ponce de Leon/Gulf News
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Hazzaa's daughter saying good-bye to her dadImage Credit: Janice Ponce de Leon/Gulf News
12.15pm
Tree-planting tradition
Yuri Gargarin started a tradition of planting a tree before he went to space, and this practice is followed by every Cosmonaut before spaceflight.
Cosmonaut trees
Yuri Gargarin started the tree-planting tradition which has been followed by all cosmonauts after himImage Credit: Gulf News
Yuri Gargarin
This was a tradition started by Yuri Gargarin in 1961Image Credit: Gulf News
12pm
A wait before the first phase of the journey
Hazzaa launch photos 1

Spaceflight technicians wait outside crew bus in BaikonurImage Credit: Gulf News
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11.59am
You can watch the launch live through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre feed which will be embedded into our coverage.
Did you see this? The Burj Khalifa lit up on the occasion of UAE Space Mission with videos of the rocket and Hazzaa.
11.46am
Hazzaa launch day
Khalid Al Jabri, Hazza's instructor and role model, is also here.Image Credit: Janice Ponce de Leon/Gulf News
11.25am
Dubai expats in Baikonur
Sole Bonaventura and her husband Memo travelled all the way from Dubai to Baikonur to see Hazzaa off to his journey.
Dubai expats at Hazzaa mission
Sole Bonaventura and her husband MemoImage Credit: Janice Ponce de Leon/Gulf News
11am
Cosmonaut Hotel
Cosmonaut HotelImage Credit: Evangeline Elsa/Gulf News
Journalists wait outside the Cosmonaut hotel, from where the UAE astronauts, Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi, will head to the launch site.
A historic journey
First Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori will blast off to space onboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft with Russian commander Oleg Skripochka and Nasa astronaut Jessica Meir from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Hazzaa will carry on his shoulders the hopes and dreams of Emiratis and Arabs as he breaks through into the space frontier by being the first Emirati in space and first Arab on the ISS.
Hazzaa and his backup Sultan Al Neyadi are the UAE’s national pride. Their mission is the culmination of nearly two years of preparation and hard work together with officials from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre that oversees that UAE Astronaut Programme.
The hunt for the UAE’s first astronauts was announced no less than by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in December 2017.
Some 4,022 candidates vied to be the country’s first ambassador to space. This number was cut to 95 and was further trimmed down to 9 and then two.
When Hazzaa and Sultan were announced to be the top two candidates in September 2018, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Hazzaa and Sultan represent a new phase for Emirati youth, and they will raise the ceiling of ambitions for future generations…. Arab people can achieve, if given the suitable conditions, and the Emirati youth are representing all Arab youth.”
Hazzaa and Sultan were sent to different countries that have space programmes as part of their mission. They trained side by side at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia, in Nasa in the US, and the European Space Agency in Cologne, Germany.
They completed their final qualification exams on September 1 and 2 before they were flown to Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the final launch preparations.
Today, both Hazza and Sultan stand proud with their people and the Arab world as they prove that for Emiratis, their ambitions and dreams are without limits.

 
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