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Astronauts from the United Arab Emirates are preparing for life on Mars.

by Mahua Special Editor

In preparation for the Analog Mission, UAE analog astronauts are training hard to get ready for an eight-month stay on Mars-like conditions in almost complete isolation.

A new phase of the expedition will begin in the next month or so. Members of CrewOne Abdalla Al Hammadi and Saleh Al Ameri are being trained to dock with the International Space Station (ISS), drive a lunar rover, participate in sports activities, and complete medical, psychological, and Russian language exams.

As of November, they will be receiving tuition in Russia, according to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

The analog facility in Moscow, NEK, may be used for the Analog Mission. The team working on the UAE’s first Analog Mission may have a primary and a secondary backup plan in case something goes wrong.

As a part of the SIRIUS 20/21 initiative for scientific international research on a unique terrestrial station, the mission’s major aim is to learn about the psychological and physiological impacts of long-term isolation.

The UAE said Saturday that it will lead the Arab world’s first lunar trip in 2024. Only months after the country launched the Hope Mars probe, the announcement came as the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission.

In a tweet, Sheikh Mohammed said: “The UAE’s aspirations in the space industry are centred on discovering, planning, and building the world of the future. New frontiers in the realms of science, technology, and innovation are being opened up by our nation’s students, engineers, and pioneers.”

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