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UAE astronaut reveals challenges he will face on Earth after returning from 6-month space stint

Thu 03 Aug 2023    
| 2 min read

UAE astronaut, Sultan AlNeyadi, is expected to make his return to Earth later this month, marking the end of his six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

AlNeyadi recently stated to pupils during an interactive session that he will have to face many challenges once he returns to Earth in order to readjust to normal life.

“After spending six months in space, when we return, we must adapt to walking and life in general. Typically, it takes about two weeks of training to readjust to life on Earth. During this time, we conduct scientific experiments and physical exercises to return to a normal state.”

Salem AlMarri, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, made an unexpected appearance during the interaction and expressed gratitude to the astronaut for his commitment and contribution to space exploration.

“We are looking forward for you to come back home. You’ve only got a couple of weeks up there and we will see you very soon. Would you like to give us the last message for the last radio call?” Salim Al Marri said.

AlNeyadi then expressed his gratitude to everyone on Earth for their support and said that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “It’s always a pleasure taking to everyone and sharing everything we are doing so far. Hopefully we can come back and share even more.”

According to AlNeyadi, he missed his mother’s home-cooked meals the most during his six-month voyage. He went on to say that while he had access to typical Emirati treats like dates and honey, nothing could match the coziness and comfort of a home-cooked supper prepared by his mother.

Alneyadi’s final radio call from the ISS was witnessed by the Emirates Amateur Radio Society yesterday.

A delegation from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and the Emirates Amateur Radio Society attended the occasion, allowing a chance for the younger generation to interact with the renowned astronaut.

Students interacted with the astronaut during an engrossing question-and-answer session, an occasion that was marked with excitement and adoration. Students took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions about many facets of living in space during the 10-minute radio call.

At the end of every week, the team comes together to clean the station. In specific locations, trash bags are collected and disposed of. After emptying the merchandise from a cargo vehicle that we receive, we fill it with rubbish from the station. This vehicle enters the atmosphere of Earth and burns up since it is not intended to return to Earth.

Plant development occurs in designated locations, and they often follow the light. We have lighting features that can be adjusted to work best for the plants.

We separate the trash into two categories: dry trash, such as paper and bags, and trash that can go bad over time, such food and organic debris. Each type of waste has an own bag, and it is disposed of individually.

We have a comfortable temperature, between 24 and 25 degrees Celsius, which may be regulated to be cooler or warmer.

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