ABU DHABI / WAM
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, welcomed the first Emirati astronaut, Hazza Al Mansoori, to a virtual discussion with employees about the uses of aluminium in space.
Astronaut Al Mansoori, currently training in the United States for his next mission, shared stories from his historic 2019 spaceflight, as well as his insights on how aluminium plays a key role in making the exploration of Space possible.
The discussion was moderated by EGA Youth Council member Amal Al Sayegh.
Al Mansoori encouraged EGA employees to continue exploring the innovative uses of aluminium and highlighted that their research and dedication would help lead the UAE to the next frontiers of space.
He said, “It was a pleasure to share the experiences of my journey into space with EGA’s people. I hope my talk will go on to inspire EGA’s people to research new innovations of aluminium for space, whilst also encouraging fellow Nationals to
take part in future UAE Astronaut calls. Our country continues to look beyond the stars, and with determination and belief, we can achieve anything.”
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer, EGA, stated, “Hazza Al Mansoori is a national hero and pioneer, and we are honoured that he took the time to meet with EGA’s people. This reflects the important role of aluminium in making spaceflight possible. We look forward to working even more closely with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) as the UAE takes its next bold strides into space.”
Since the first satellite launch in 1957, aluminium has been the leading material in spaceflight due to its lightweight, strength and corrosion resistance. The International Space Station, Al Mansoori’s home during his historic September 2019 spaceflight, is largely made of aluminium.
During his time there, Al Mansoori conducted 31 scientific experiments, out of which 16 were held in cooperation with international space agencies, including the Russian Roscosmos,
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
15 of these experiments involved schools in the UAE as part of MBRSC’s Science in Space initiative.