Exploring Space with Sultan Al Neyadi: A Look at His Groundbreaking Mission:
Since arriving at the ISS, Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi has been conducting various missions and experiments. Recently, the Emirati astronaut and three colleagues successfully redocked a Dragon spacecraft to a different docking port at the International Space Station. Dr. Al Neyadi, NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev arrived at the ISS on March 3 via spacecraft.
NASA instructed the astronauts to move the capsule from the station’s Harmony module to the orbiting lab’s forward Harmony port. They carried out this task to make room for other spacecraft scheduled to arrive later this month and in June.
The astronauts undocked from the ISS at 3.23 pm GST on Saturday, and a redocking occurred at 4.01 pm. After redocking, they could safely open the hatch between the spacecraft and the ISS once they had spent two hours in the capsule.
Later this month, a Dragon spacecraft carrying two Saudi astronauts and two Americans will arrive at the ISS for a 10-day stay. In order to make room for this spacecraft, they cleared a dock through relocation. In addition, they also cleared a space for a cargo vessel, anticipated to arrive in June.
In late June, the cargo spacecraft will depart, and the crew will return their spacecraft to its original location. This will allow Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft to dock at the forward Harmony port.
NASA live-streamed the 43-minute task on its website and social media channels. During the mission, Mr. Bowen held the position of commander while Mr. Hoburg served as the pilot. However, the capsule was able to fly autonomously. Dr. Al Neyadi and Mr. Fedyaev aided the transition maneuver.
In June, the CRS-28 cargo mission will arrive with solar arrays that they will install during a spacewalk. Late last month, Dr. Al Neyadi and Mr. Bowen conducted a spacewalk to assist in preparing a section of the ISS for installation.
Emirate Astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi’s historic spacewalk
In April 2023, Sultan Al Neyadi became the first Arab astronaut to perform a spacewalk. On that day, Dr. Al Neyadi made history by embarking on a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk after leaving the International Space Station at 5:41 pm GST.
In a tweet posted by Sheikh Mohammed, he shared that Al Neyadi completed three years of rigorous training and was selected for a mission to perform a spacewalk. During this mission, he installed new parts and conducted maintenance on the International Space Station.
Sultan Al Neyadi and Stephen Bowen finished their first major task during their six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk. The duo completed the task of getting a section of the International Space Station ready for a forthcoming installation of a solar array. Additionally, they recovered a radio frequency unit, which is a type of communication hardware affixed to the outside of the ISS.
Sultan Al Neyadi’s incredible journey as an Emirati astronaut has made significant contributions to the field of space exploration. His groundbreaking missions and experiments will push the boundaries of human knowledge and expand our understanding of the universe.