Points to Remember:
- The UAE’s Hazzaa AlMansoori has become the first Arab astronaut to reach the International Space Station (ISS).
- Hazzaa was a part of the UAE’s armed forces and had worked as a military pilot.
- A Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, carrying Hazzaa along with American astronaut Jessica Meir and Russian astronaut Oleg Skripochka.
- Al-Mansoori is set to return to Earth with NASA’s Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin on October 3. Skripochka and Meir are set to remain on the ISS until the spring of 2020.
- The first Arab in outer space was Saudi Arabia’s Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud, who flew on a US shuttle mission in 1985.
- As part of its space plans, the UAE has also announced its aim to become the first Arab country to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021, naming it “Hope”.
- The International Space Station – a rare example of cooperation between Russia and the West – has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000km (17,000 miles) per hour since 1998.
About UAE :
- The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south and west, as well as sharing maritime borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north.
- Currency: dirham
- Capital: Abu Dhabi
- President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Important Possible questions based on above News:
- What is the name of UAE’s 1st astronaut to reach the International Space Station (ISS)? Hazzaa Al-Mansoori
- What is the name of the UAE’s unmanned probe to Mars which is scheduled by 2021? Hope