The mission is scheduled to take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida next month, in February 2023
Emirati astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi will become the first Arab astronaut to spend six months on the International Space Station (ISS), having completed his final week of training in the United States.
AlNeyadi trained with the rest of the crew at SpaceX in the US. He was selected from more than 4,000 Emirati astronauts for the mission.
The mission is scheduled to take off in February 2023.
The Emirati astronaut shared a photo with the rest of the crew on Twitter after completing his final week of training.
“Crew-6 has completed its final week of training at SpaceX … and soon we will be launching a similar spacecraft from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center,” he said.
In a photo he shared on his Twitter account, AlNeyadi is flanked by crew commander Stephen Bowen, pilot Warren Hoburg and Russian mission specialist Andrei Fedyaev. This is the first spaceflight for Hoburg, AlNeyadi and Fedyaev. This is Bowen’s fourth space mission.
AlNeyadi was one of the first two astronauts in the UAE. In September 2019, he participated in the country’s first International Space Station mission as a backup to Hazzaa AlMansoori, for which he was trained.
He began his training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Moscow in September 2018. He has also trained in Houston, Texas and Cologne, Germany as part of cooperative agreements with major space agencies including NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa).
The SpaceX Crew-6 mission is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The earliest targeted launch date for the SpaceX Crew-6 mission is mid-February 2023 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
AlNeyadi also shared a photo taken in front of the Falcon 9 booster.
A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft called Endeavour, combined with a Falcon 9 rocket, will carry astronauts to the International Space Station.
After the handover of the space station, the crew of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission will return to Earth aboard Endurance.