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Live video: UAE astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori to return to Earth today

Live video: UAE astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori to return to Earth today

The 35-year-old spent eight days at the International Space Station

The UAE’s first astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori is set to return to Earth today following eight days at the International Space Station (ISS).

The first Arab to reach the ISS, Al Mansoori took off from the space station in the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft at around 11.36am UAE time, and will touchdown in Kazakhstan at around 3pm.

The 35-year-old will be returning along with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, who have both been aboard the ISS for 203 days.

During his time in space, Al Mansoori completed approximately 128 orbits around the Earth and travelled an 3,394,335 miles, according to NASA.

The former military pilot conducted several experiments including a time perception study while onboard the ISS and also held live conversations with students and other groups at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre.

During a Q&A session, he revealed that it was an “incredible feeling” to arrive in space and that seeing the Earth from above was his “most amazing moment”.

He also said his priority soon after his arrival back on Earth would be to call his mother.

In the last week, Al Mansoori has also shared pictures of the UAE and Makkah from space and also dressed in a kandura on board the ISS.

Just before his departure on Thursday, he tweeted a picture of his hometown from space.

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