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Emirati, American, and Russian astronauts return to Earth from ISS

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The first Emirati in space returned to Earth on Thursday aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, along with a Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut, according to the images of the Russian space agency Roskosmos.

The Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft, carrying Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first citizen of an Arab country to stay in the International Space Station (ISS), Russian Alexei Ovchinin, and American Nick Hague, landed as planned at 10:59 GMT in the Kazakh Steppe.

Al Mansoori made history last week, becoming the first Emirati astronaut to be deployed on a space mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Al Mansoori graduated from Khalifa bin Zayed Air College in 2004 and has 14 years of experience in military aviation.

Al Mansoori, along with Sultan Al Neyadi, are the first batch of astronauts from the UAE Astronaut Programme, launched in April 2017 by Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The program’s mission is to train and prepare the first Emirati astronaut corps to be sent to space for various scientific missions.