One giant leap for the UAE

The second of a four-part documentary charting the UAE's incredible space mission airs tonight
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One giant leap for the UAE

Tonight, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in association with National Geographic debuts the second part of a four-part film series following the UAE’s incredible journey into space.

The 22-minute extraordinary documentary, A Trip To The Stars premieres on 25 May 2020 on National Geographic and National Geographic Abu Dhabi at 10.30pm in the UAE and 9.30pm in KSA.

The new documentary details the journey of UAE astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNevadi as they reveal the dreams which inspired them to pursue their ambition of becoming astronauts. Additionally, the film sheds light on the large amount of mental and physical training involved to undertake the UAE’s historic mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The story also highlights how the Emirati astronauts prepared for emergencies that could possibly jeopardise their lives and the success of their mission into space.

Hazzaa AlMansoori is the first UAE astronaut to make it to space

Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first UAE Astronaut to complete the mission, explained, “I have grown up with this dream of reaching the stars and I believe that everyone should look outside at night and dream about space. The night before the launch, I was really busy and could not sleep as I was really excited that I was going to space. Reaching the ISS was the proudest moment of my life and I am extremely proud that I accomplished the mission.”

There is also a unique understanding into Sultan AlNevadi’s experience and expertise with the UAE military came in useful in resolving several challenging and complicated problems on the mission. “Space is really tough on humans and so I had to undergo a lot of physical training exercises, strengthening my muscles and being well equipped to handle everything as a back-up flight crew. The specialised training really helped me in adapting myself to all kinds of environments expected in space," acknowledged Sultan AlNeyadi.

For more information, visit natgeotv.com/ae

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