Amna Al Ketbi (Dubai)
Saleh Al-Amiri, a pioneer in space simulation, continues the “Sirius” mission, which aims to conduct a complete simulation over a period of 8 continuous months in an environment characterized by all the conditions and factors that can be encountered in space, with a focus on studying the effects of isolation on the human body, and he has spent 6 days since the start of the mission and its entry Accompanied by the international crew of 6 people, to the ground-based experimental complex at the Institute of Medical and Biological Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, where the scientists will monitor their behavior using cameras installed throughout the facility.
The experimental complex provides rooms designated for each participant that help with privacy, while the small living room will allow them to socialize and watch TV, and each bedroom contains a bed, desk and closet, and the complex consists of tubular units and the structure has its atmosphere and atmospheric pressure to create a space-like environment, and the participants will not be able to From making phone calls to anyone in the outside world, it will allow the exchange of emails and limited video calls to their families, and meals will include the same dried food that astronauts eat on the International Space Station.
Al-Amiri received the Emirati meals that were carried by astronaut Hazza Al-Mansoori, the first Emirati citizen in space, to the International Space Station, and they include the madaruba (chicken and rice), the saloona (chicken, fish, lamb or beef broth), and balaleet (vermicelli dessert), Food for the astronauts also includes various dishes, including Russian, Japanese and American dishes, and Arabic dates and Arabic coffee are provided.
The Sirius 20/21 mission is part of a project that measures the psychological and physiological impact on humans living in the harsh environments that astronauts encounter during space travel. At an interplanetary station, they will move to a transport ship that will take them to the moon, and then the spacecraft will dock with the “orbital station.” They will simulate spacewalks outside the floating structure, and this will be followed by many landings on the moon’s surface and data analysis, before they “return to Earth.”
This unique mission is considered the first experience that provides the opportunity for Emirati youth from various scientific fields to be part of a pivotal experiment to implement future space missions. It will also contribute pivotally to developing local capabilities to implement the “Mars 2117” project, which includes building the first human settlement on the Red Planet by the year.
The UAE is participating in a global experiment to simulate life in outer space, as part of a series of experiments of the “International Scientific Research Project on the Unique Earth Station” known as “Cyrus 21/20”. The 8-month “Emirates Space Simulation Project” is being held in the Russian private experimental complex. In Space Research (NEK) in Moscow, and the experiment is part of the “Mars 2117 Project”, and the project will focus in its various stages on studying the impact of isolation and staying in one place for a long time on human physical, mental and psychological health, as well as the harmony of one team to prepare for space exploration trips that continue for long periods.
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