February 23, 2024

Emirati astronaut Dr Sultan Al Neyadi was recently honoured by the US space agency NASA in Houston, USA.

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UAE-based astronaut-turned-minister Sultan Al Neyadi, who completed the longest Arab space in 2023, was awarded by NASA for his exemplary service and contributions to space exploration.

To mark the conclusion of the Expedition 69 mission, which Al Neyadi was a part of, NASA honoured the Emirati space explorer as well as the United Arab Emirates-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and its team.

On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, Crew-6 member Sultan Al Neyadi was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal and the Space Exploration Medal at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre during the Expedition 69 Crew Debrief and Welcome Home Ceremony.

“Proud to receive the Distinguished Public Service Medal and Space Exploration Medal from NASA,” the 42-year-old space astronaut wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “I want to thank the team of Expedition 69 for their exceptional efforts,” Al Neyadi, who completed the historic six-month space mission at the ISS added, “which enabled my crewmembers and me to successfully complete this mission.”

During the ceremony, NASA also awarded Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and its team the Group Achievement Award.

Dubai Media Office (DMO) reported that Director General Salem Humaid Al Marri, who leads the MBRSC team also attended the event alongside astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori, Astronauts Office manager at MBRSC, Nora Al Matrooshi, and Mohammad Al Mulla.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hanan AlSuwaidi, Flight Surgeon at MBRSC, was given the Johnson Space Center Superior Achievement Award for her contributions to Expedition 69 and Crew-6.

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