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26 Feb, 2023
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UAE's Astronaut Programme sets new record with longest Arab space mission in history.

NASA and SpaceX have announced that the UAE Space Mission 2, which includes Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, is set to launch on Monday, February 27th. This will be the longest Arab space mission in history and marks a significant milestone for the UAE's Astronaut Programme. Al Neyadi is going to spent around 6 months on ISS.

The Crew-6 mission will launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA and if everything goes according to plan, the spacecraft will dock at the International Space Station early Tuesday morning. During a prelaunch news teleconference, officials confirmed that the crew had completed routine medical checks and final briefings and were ready for the launch.

The weather is also looking favorable with a predicted over 95% chance of good conditions for the launch. Adnan Al Rais, mission manager for UAE Astronaut Mission 2, expressed his excitement for the mission and thanked the NASA and SpaceX teams for their hard work in preparing for the launch.

He also mentioned that Sultan Al Neyadi is excited, ready and grateful for the opportunity to represent the UAE in this mission, which includes over 19 scientific experiments and STEM activities, as well as live interactions with students.

The live coverage of the Crew-6 mission will begin at 7:15 AM UAE time, with the launch scheduled for 10:45 AM. This event is sure to be watched by people from all over the world and is an exciting moment for space exploration and the UAE's contribution to it.