Halfway through his mission on the International Space Station
Sultan AlNeyadi is the longest-serving Arab astronaut, spending more than three months on the International Space Station (ISS).
The journey marks a historic milestone for the UAE, as AlNeyadi deftly navigates a series of firsts to create a string of achievements.
Commenting on the momentous occasion, Director General Salem Humaid AlMarri said: “Congratulations to Sultan AlNeyadi for halfway through his six-month mission on the ISS. Sultan’s dedication as he continues to achieve one milestone after another , resilience and strength, a true reflection of the talents of the astronauts we develop in the UAE.”
“He represents MBRSC’s core values through a knowledge-building program that remains focused on the next generation, and we thank him for his commitment to community and student outreach. As we look forward to the next three months, we are confident that his journey will continue to inform We are proud and inspire future exploration.”
Here’s a look back at those months’ journey to highlight his contributions.
Sultan AlNeyadi ventured out of the International Space Station (ISS) and completed his spacewalk.
With the end of the mission’s mission on April 28, the UAE commemorated AlNeyadi as the first Arab to perform a spacewalk during the ongoing Expedition 69 mission on the International Space Station. The historic first Arab spacewalk lasted 7.01 hours in the vacuum of the International Space Station’s starboard truss structure, accomplishing two key goals. One of the goals of the extravehicular activity (EVA), carried out by AlNeyadi with NASA flight engineer Stephen Bowen, was to undertake a series of preparations, including the laying of power cables, which was successfully completed as the fourth launch of the space station to install solar cells array, known as the International Space Station Roll Out Solar Array (iROSA). The next objective was to retrieve a critical Radio Frequency Group (RFG) unit.
Four live calls and three HAM radio calls with astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi gave students and the community insight into the longest Arab space mission in history.
Nearly 5,000 people have attended the past four editions of the event, giving attendees a glimpse into AlNeyadi’s life on the ISS and the chance to interact with him. The first event in the series was held at the Dubai Opera, followed by a second media event at the Museum of the Future. The third session was held in Mauritius and the fourth session was held at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain.
Three amateur radio conferences were successfully completed in cooperation with the Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) and the Emirates Literary Foundation (ELF) within the same “Call from Space” event. Around 100 students from different schools across the UAE participated in these events, which aimed to bring spaces and communities closer together.
Sultan AlNeyadi and his Crew-6 crew have successfully completed their mission to relocate the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
This is Dragon’s third port relocation, following previous relocations during the Crew-1 and Crew-2 missions. After a 38-minute series of maneuvers, the crew successfully docked the spacecraft with the space station’s forward Harmony port.
May 23 was his first birthday in space.
A precious ISS tradition was well celebrated when Sudan’s crew surprised him with two homemade cakes. Maple muffin top cake from the American crew, cinnamon buns with yogurt and dried fruit from the Russian crew.
AlNeyadi has put in an impressive 585 hours aboard the International Space Station for a variety of groundbreaking experiments and the titular mission.
Here are 13 notable achievements from his 3-month journey:
1. AlNeyadi is currently on an ongoing mission wearing a biomonitoring vest and headband, diligently tracking his cardiovascular system during daily crew activities.
2. AlNeyadi has been an integral part of the team preparing for the upcoming spacewalk with Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg. Along with the rest of the crew, he has been working on computer simulations to operate the Canadarm2 robotic arm, a key component of the upcoming solar array installation.
3. Astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi sets up the hardware for the Monoclonal Antibody Protein Crystal Growth 2 (PCG2) experiment aboard the International Space Station. PCG2 experiment analyzes crystallization of biotherapeutics in microgravity, with potential to improve space and Earth production technologies and shorten development cycles for new drugs
4. He conducted two space biology studies with Ax-2 mission specialists Ali Alqarni and Rayyanah Barnawi. In the morning, Alneyadi worked with Barnawi to process human cell samples inside the Life Sciences Glove Box (LSG) of the Kibo Lab module to observe their inflammatory response to microgravity.
5. Human research activities dominate the crew schedule aboard the ISS, which includes ultrasound scans, vision and hearing checks. AlNeyadi uses standard medical imaging equipment found in optometrist offices on Earth.
6. Space physics is also part of the research agenda as scientists and engineers try to understand how Earth-created materials respond to microgravity conditions.
7. AlNeyadi worked on the cargo, unloading some of the 6,200 pounds of new science experiments, crew supplies and space station hardware delivered by the SpaceX Dragon supply ship.
8. The crew will further conduct several experiments, including studying the effect of microgravity on the burning of matter to improve spacecraft safety, testing a new deep space immune monitoring tool, and advancing the study of 3D cultured myocardial tissue to evaluate the human heart in space. function in microgravity.
9. Collect air samples from the Destiny and Columbus laboratory modules prior to cleaning the Veggie Space Botany Facility. Samples were analyzed for research purposes.
10. Returning approximately 1,950 kilograms of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo to Earth using the Dragon cargo spacecraft as part of the 27th Contracted Cargo Resupply Mission
International Space Station (ISS). Earlier this month, the spacecraft crashed off the coast of Tampa, Florida, USA.
11. Set up the hardware for the CapiSorb Visible Systems Fluid Physics study. The experiment investigates the potential of using liquid-based carbon dioxide removal systems to facilitate more efficient space-based solutions and advanced Earth-based applications.
12. Handling the samples The engineered heart tissue 2 experiment was performed in the Kibo Lab module using Kibo’s Life Science Glovebox. The research could help doctors treat and prevent heart disease caused in space and on Earth.
13. AlNeyadi demonstrates how to use a 3D printer to fabricate tools, components and experiments on an orbital outpost. Some of the experiments involved collecting samples and storing them in scientific refrigerators for research exploring the biomanufacturing of drugs in space.