UAE astronaut mascot ‘Suhail’ flies again as SpaceX Crew-6 zero-g indicator

The first Emirati to embark on a long-duration space mission lifted off with two Americans, a Russian and, as was revealed once they were all safely in orbit, a fellow “countryman” making its second launch with an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sultan Al Neyadi introduced his mission’s “fifth crew member” (opens in new tab) as it floated at the end of a tether aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft “Endeavour” on Thursday (March 2), signaling that Al Neyadi and the three other (human) members of Crew-6 — Stephen Bowen, Warren “Woody” Hoburg and Andrey Fedyaev — were in the weightless environment of space.

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