The Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi has shared a stunning image of UAE from the space. The image was captured almost 420 km above the Earth and depicts a striking view of the Emirates and the Gulf of Arabia. Al Neyadi shared that even from the sky, the view of his country is breathtaking.
Al Neyadi shared a picture showing Dubai shining like the stars
The Crown Prince of Dubai and the President of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also shared the ‘awe-inspiring’ picture that Al Neyadi captured and said that this picture is the testimony of the country’s remarkable accomplishments both on Earth and beyond this sphere.
Al Neyadi remarked that the emirate of Dubai shines almost as bright as the stars in the skies. He wrote it in his caption for the picture, the well-lit Palm Jumeirah, and other projects along the coastline of the city.
The United Arab Emirates is a popular spot for astronauts in space to photograph because of the nation’s rich distinctive landmarks in Abu Dhabi as well as Dubai that are from low-Earth Orbit.
This Najmonaut has shared several stunning shots of his nation from space. And he loves doing this. Earlier, he had shown pictures of UAE and Abu Dhabi including his hometown in Al Ain. In April, he offered a space tour of the view of the Persian Gulf from ISS to his followers back on Earth.
Najmonaut is the Arabian lexicon for astronauts which is derived from the root word ‘Najm’ which translates to star.
On the 27th night of Ramadan, which is commemorated as the Night of Power or Laylat Al Qadr, he shared a video of Mecca and Medina lit up in the night, With the Grand Mosque shining bright, a perfect gift to his followers on the holiest eve of that month. He also shared pictures of Egypt and Africa from space on different occasions.
Yesterday, the 3rd of May, he shared new images from his spacewalk on Twitter quoting the poem of Al Mutannabi, a renowned Iraqi poet, “ If you venture in pursuit of glory, don’t be satisfied with less than the stars.”
Dr. Al Neyadi is the second Emirati native in space after his colleague Hazza Al Mansouri’s trip to ISS in 2019 for his trip of 8 days. He started on this path, training for the UAE’s space program in 2017. He previously worked in the IT field, as a network security engineer for the Armed Forces.
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He was the primary backup for the country’s first ISS mission and now he is on his mission, which is also the Arab world’s longest mission in space.
He traveled to space in the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the 2nd of March and is designated to carry out over 200 experiments which were assigned by NASA along with the team from John Hopkins Medicine and also from the Universities of UAE.
Some of the topics are studying the human heart tissues and observing changes in the cells of heart muscles, mitochondria, and their ability to shrink in low-gravity situations.