Sultan AlNeyadi answers questions about his mission

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre’s “A Call with Space” event at the Dubai Opera House drew some 2,000 people to talk to Emirati astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi, who was broadcasting live from the International Space Station (ISS). The astronaut, who made history with the longest Arab space mission, answered questions from the public.

The highly anticipated event, the first in a series of nine live broadcasts of “A Call With Space”, was attended by space enthusiasts of all ages and aspiring astronauts. The hour-long event, which started with exciting performances, included a fascinating 20-minute discussion between the audience and Sultan.

The event provided an exceptional opportunity for the public to interact with Sultan and ask him questions about his schedule on the ISS, the scientific experiments being conducted aboard the space station, how he interacts with his family and the challenges he faces while living in the unique environment of space. The young students asked Sultan about how oxygen is produced, how astronauts keep things from floating in space and how they keep track of time on the ISS.

During the talk, Sultan demonstrated how he gets to know the harsh conditions of space by floating in all directions and how they use Velcro and other items to keep things from floating away. He also shared with the audience what kind of food he has and showed how he eats candy and drinks water from a bag.

Talking about how he keeps track of time, Sultan said: “In space, we use Greenwich time because it is difficult to keep track of time depending on the sun, as we see 16 sunrises and sunsets every day. For us, time flies very fast here.”

“A Call with Space” will now go to other venues in all the seven emirates of the UAE. The next event in the series is scheduled for 12 April.

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