WATCH | UAE astronaut sends Eid-al-Fitr wishes with breathtaking view from space
UAE astronaut Sultan al Neyadi, who is celebrating the occasion of Eid al-Fitr this year at the International Space Station, sent his wishes to everyone from sky-high on Friday with a video message shared on his social media account.
In a video he posted on Twitter, Al Neyadi was seen floating in zero gravity at the ISS alongside his companion ‘astro’ Suhail. Suhail is a mascot for the nation's space mission. Suhail tagged along Dr Al Neyadi and his crewmates as they took off from the Kennedy Space Centre early March.
In his special message from zero gravity, the astronaut was seen making jokes about how Suhail and he both are wearing their best attire for the feast for Eid al-Fitr. He sent his wishes to his family, his country, and everyone across the world.
On March 2, Al Neyadi took part in NASA's SpaceX Crew-6 mission, which sent him to the International Space Station. On April 28, he is slated to go for a spacewalk.
Al Neyadi was seen wearing a white kandura, a traditional dress men wear in UAE. The one-minute video also had some celebratory Arabic music playing in the background.
In the caption, Al Neyadi wrote, “Usually, Eid is with my family and children. But today, I’ll be celebrating Eid with my trusty companion Suhail."
“On this blessed occasion, I send my warmest greetings to my family, friends, and everyone back on Earth. May this special occasion bring you peace, happiness, and prosperity. Eid Mubarak!”
Saeed Al Emadi, an Emirati artist is behind Suhail, the space mascot. Al Emadi from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre sketched this character to pique everyone's interest in space.
The video shows the Al Nayedi and Suhail inside the Cupola observatory module of the International Space Station.
Suhail, in the video, can be seen wearing a grey kandura. It is interesting as Suhail is usually seen wearing a SpaceX spacesuit.
Al Neyadi also provided a brief tour of the dome-shaped bay window. It was a breathtaking view of the planet from a height of 400 km.