During the International Space Conference yesterday, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center organized a video call with space simulation astronauts Abdullah Al Hammadi and Saleh Al Ameri from Russia, accompanied by the mission team (Cyrus 20/21), which consists of 6 members, during which they confirmed their complete readiness to compete This qualitative 8-month mission is carried out at the Ground Experimental Complex of the Medical and Biomedical Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
This would study the effects of isolation on human psychology and physiology, to help prepare for long-term space exploration missions.
Adnan Al Rayes: The Six Pioneers Team conduct 70 scientific experiments, including 5 Emiratis
Sheikha Al Falasi: Developing multiple scenarios for the challenges facing Al Hammadi
Sergey Bronomov: Our studies achieve the goals of long-term missions
Youssef Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, said: Over the past few years, the UAE has taken its first steps as part of its endeavors to explore planets close to Earth, in addition to revealing opportunities that may benefit our nation and humanity as a whole. The world and for future generations, Sirius’ mission to simulate space is a continuation of our rich legacy of collaborative efforts, and we will continue our partnerships on projects that we deem critical to the development of our knowledge-based economy.
Engineer Adnan Al Rayes, Director of the Mars 2117 Program at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, confirmed that the astronauts Abdullah Al Hammadi and Saleh Al Ameri have the same qualification and skill level, which enables them to undertake the mission (Cyrus 20/21), which will last for 8 months, in the experimental complex. Ground floor at the Medical and Biological Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, starting from November 4th.
He added that any member of the crew, which consists of 6 astronauts, including Al Hammadi, three of them from the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as two astronauts from the American space agency “NASA”, in the event that one of them suffers from any health obstacle that prevents him from starting the mission. , the alternate major will carry out his mission, pointing out that this applies only to the period before November 4, the date of the start of the mission, and that the substitute person is not allowed to participate after that.
Follow up team
He pointed out that in the event of a very urgent circumstance during the 8-month period of the mission for any pioneer of the team, he will be discharged from the mission without allowing his replacement to enter to complete it, noting that there is a follow-up team in the experimental complex at the Institute of Medical and Biological Research at the Russian Academy of Sciences monitoring health developments. For the 6 subscribers per day during the isolation period.
And he indicated that the basic and reserve team, consisting of 12 people, is now undergoing complete sanitary isolation until the start of the mission on November 4, to ensure that they are not affected by any emergency health conditions, and in the event that everyone is fine, the 6 core members who have been announced are the ones who will start the mission, pointing out that There is a team running the mission consisting of all medical, psychological and other specialties, following up on a daily basis and monitoring their performance indicators, especially that the 8-month period is long, and any emergency health conditions may occur naturally, and that there are reports that will be issued at the beginning, middle and end of the mission.
He explained that there was previous standard information obtained for such missions to compare and measure the performance of the team for this task, while this information was obtained from previous missions and studies, one of which lasted about 500 days, and several other periods conducted in the same place, pointing out that the selection of the Emirati team It was carried out in partnership between the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and the Russian side, and with the participation of NASA, where the performance of their previous training was followed up, leading to the announcement of the main and alternative person, stressing that their level is indeed very close.
Al Rais stated that the astronauts will conduct more than 70 experiments during the duration of the mission, including 5 participations from four Emirati universities, covering the fields of physiology, psychology and biology, and they will also be part of the experiments that were selected after consulting with mission partners in Russia.
He said that among the research topics selected for the mission was research from the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, focusing on the effects of prolonged exposure to a simulated space environment on cardiovascular variability and cardiac interactions.
At the same time, the research subject, selected from the University of Sharjah, proposes a study to determine the effects of stress from confinement and isolation on the circulatory and skeletal muscle functions of crew members during the task of measuring clinical, genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic indicators.
Other topics selected for the mission include research presented by the American University of Sharjah on stress relief in isolation and confined environment, while the United Arab Emirates University proposed research on the psychological challenges of isolation during human spaceflight: the role of motivational mechanisms and intermittent and intense training as a countermeasure to prevent bone density loss. and insulin resistance in the space environment.
He explained that the schedule of the pioneers is too crowded to conduct the 70 tests and scientific experiments, and that the 8-month period is a short period for the pioneers to be able to conduct all of them, indicating that there is a schedule that has been established to make good use of their time that enables them to complete the experiments on time.
On her part, Engineer Sheikha Al Falasi, Director of the Scientific Team of the Space Simulation Mission Project, said that multiple scenarios were developed for the various circumstances that the astronaut may face for a period of 8 months during the space simulation mission, noting that Abdullah Al Hammadi met with his family last September in Moscow and will be in contact They are always with them, and that the mission requires the astronaut to be patient and endurance, while the team of the Institute of Medical and Biological Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow praised the skills of the Emirati cosmonauts.
She added that Dr. Hanan Al-Suwaidi will follow up on Al Hammadi’s health status, and that different experiments are conducted daily on the pioneers according to the mission schedule, while a daily report will be provided to Al Hammadi according to the tests and experiments, and that after the end of the mission, the scientific community will share all the data and information that took place during the mission.
Examinations and analyzes
She added that at the Medical and Biological Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, examinations and analyzes are conducted on the participants in the mission, and they are subjected to special physical and psychological fitness training, as each of them was studied separately to avoid problems that may occur during the mission, indicating that the mission It depends on the psychological aspect during the isolation phase, and that the two astronauts are qualified for this mission, and they underwent intensive training that extends for 12 hours a day on scientific experiments, robotics, and psychological and physiological tests, and they were also trained on how to manage daily operations and perform various tasks during the mission period, as well as undergoing 60 Different experience ranging between different scientific fields.
For his part, Abdullah Al-Hammadi, the pioneer of the basic space simulation, confirmed that he is fully psychologically prepared to start the isolation period during the eight months, especially as he has undergone psychological tests and experiments that qualify him to succeed in his mission, to achieve the desired results, as the experts and scientists at the “Cirrus” ground station are expected to occur. Psychological and physiological changes to team members.
He added that there is nothing impossible in the Emirates, and for that he is eagerly awaiting the start of the mission, which will include performing experiments and studying the effects of isolation in human psychological aspects, member functions and team work mechanisms, to help prepare for long-term space exploration missions, pointing out that there is no They have free time, and a busy schedule of work awaits them to conduct 70 scientific experiments, pointing out that he will be in contact with his family and officials of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center at specific times through various electronic means, and he explained that his presence among a team of different nationalities has given him several skills, as well as About learning the Russian language, being in constant contact with the Russian staff and specialists.
And Saleh Al-Amiri, the alternative pioneer, said that the presence of an Emirati team on the crew of “Mission No. 1” is a qualitative addition to the country, which participates global space agencies such as Roscosmos and NASA in various experiments, with the aim of studying the possibility of life in space in the future, indicating that he supports “Al Hammadi” with all strength to succeed in his mission.
Dr. Sergey Pronomov, Cirrus Mission Project Manager, said that the mission will be for the first time for an 8-month period, as it will study unique aspects of importance to achieve the goals of long-term missions of sending a multicultural team to the moon and then Mars, pointing out that the ground-based experimental complex in The Medical and Biomedical Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow has to absorb a large international team working on long-term assignments for more than one year.
He explained that the team will be physically isolated from the outside world and have limited contacts, and will allow crew members to feel as if they are in an actual spaceflight environment, noting that missions that participate in international scientific research with a unique ground station such as Sirosen are conducting a series of international multicultural studies looking at Effects of isolation on human psychology, physiology, and team dynamics to help prepare for prolonged space exploration.
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