Mission accomplished: UAE astronaut released after 8 months in isolation – News

The simulations included an exit from Earth orbit, a flight to a supposed planet and a return to Earth

Published: Sun 3 Jul 2022, 2:02 PM

Last update: Sun, Jul 3, 2022, 10:08 PM

Astronaut Saleh AlAmeri emerged after completing his eight-month isolation mission as part of the United Arab Emirates’ first analog astronaut mission at the NEK Analog Ground Facility in Moscow, Russia.

The Emirati is part of the Sirius-21 crew which has been in isolation since November 2021, during which time he became a father. He will be looking forward to meeting his newborn daughter.

Other crew members include Russian commander Oleg Blinov, American flight engineer Ashley Kowalski, Russian researcher Ekaterina Karyakina, Russian surgeon Victoria Kirichenko and American researcher William Brown.

The stages of the experiment included exiting Earth orbit, flying to a supposed planet, landing a module, performing scientific research, and returning to Earth.

Saleh AlAmeri was accompanied by Abdallah AlHammadi, who is the reserve astronaut. Both are at IBMP (Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences).

Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati and Arab in space, congratulated Al Ameri on his achievement.

UAE astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi also sent congratulations.

Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev also sent a video message from the International Space Station to the crew of the Sirius 21 mission after their successful 8-month isolation.

Analog missions are key to preparing humans for future exploration of Mars and other planets. By simulating space conditions here on Earth, analog missions play an important role in spaceflight research.

The project’s analog missions – Sirius 20/21 – study the psychological and physiological effects of isolation on humans and team dynamics to help prepare for long-term space exploration missions.

From space technology used, to human isolation, from communication to ground station and space experiments, these missions cover everything necessary to survive in space.


The UAE Analog #1 mission is a crucial step towards the Mars 2117 program, which aims to build a human settlement on Mars by 2117. The research and results of the UAE Analog mission will bring new insights to the global scientific community and will catalyze development. new technologies for future missions to other destinations in space.

The first Emirati analog mission carried out 70 scientific experiments. They are:

  • Psychological and psychophysiological research: 29 experiments

  • Physiological research: 25 experiments

  • Immunity studies: 4 experiments

  • Metabolic, biochemical and molecular biological research: 5 experiments

  • Telemedicine experiences: 1 experience

  • Sanitary-hygienic and microbiological studies: 6 experiments

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