UAE: 8-month Analog Mission to begin on Thursday
The UAE’s first Analog Mission will begin on November 4. CrewOne members Abdallah Al Hammadi and Saleh Al Ameri will embark on an 8-month journey to simulate space-like conditions on Earth in partnership with NASA and the Russian IBMP Institute.
Their mission will take place at the NEK ground-based analogue facility in Moscow alongside other participants from different countries. The mission is part of the Scientific International Research In Unique Terrestrial Station (SIRIUS) 20/21 and will focus on studying the effects of long-duration isolation and confinement on human psychology and physiology.
Experts said the UAE would be able to contribute to understanding the science behind such missions. It is seen as a bid to prepare the nation for more ambitious space exploration challenges such as the Mars 2117 Programme.