UAE in space: 11 fun facts about the mission to ISS

When Major Hazza blasts into orbit on Wednesday history will be made

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Emirati astronaut Major Hazza Al Mansouri will blast into space on Wednesday evening in the culmination of months of training and years of planning.

The father-of-four's mission will take him where no Emirati has gone before, crammed into Soyuz MS-15 alongside Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir as they hurtle towards the International Space Station at 13,000kph.

Watch the live press conference of Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri and his crew members Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir. The crew on board Soyuz MS-15 will head to ISS on Wednesday.

Posted by The National on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

His journey to Gagarin's Start on Wednesday has meant training, handmade suits and chairs, technical marvels and meticulous planning.

Above are 11 of the fascinating facts and figures along the way...