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Watch Live: UAE’s First Long-Duration Astronaut Mission Launch

On February 26, 2023, Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi will become the first Arab to embark on a long-duration mission to the International Space Station (ISS), making UAE the eleventh country in the world to carry out such a mission. Al Neyadi will conduct 20 scientific experiments and research, as well as an outreach and educational program, among a total of 250 research experiments during his time on the ISS. The launch can be viewed live at starting from 7.30pm.

The Emirati astronaut will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX, under the oversight of Nasa, for his first crewed mission. Al Neyadi’s participation in the four-person Crew-6 flight will mainly help Nasa prepare for crewed moon trips, as well as future long-duration living off Earth missions.