The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and its dedicated team garnered esteemed accolades from NASA at the Expedition 69 Crew Debrief and Welcome Home Ceremony held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA. Led by Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General, MBRSC, the delegation celebrated the triumph of the Expedition 69 mission and strengthened bonds between MBRSC and NASA.
In a series of commendations, astronaut Dr Sultan Saif Al Neyadi received both the Distinguished Public Service Medal and the Space Exploration Medal, recognising his outstanding service and significant contributions to space exploration. Dr Hanan AlSuwaidi, MBRSC’s Flight Surgeon, was honoured with the Johnson Space Center Superior Achievement Award for her noteworthy contributions to the health and safety of the crew during Expedition 69 and Crew-6.
Adnan AlRais, Assistant Director General, Space Operations and Exploration Sector, MBRSC, and Mohammad AlBulooshi, Manager of the Space Operations Section, accepted the Group Achievement Award on behalf of MBRSC. This recognition underscores the pivotal role played by the centre in the success of Expedition 69 and its commitment to advancing human space exploration.
The event featured the presence of astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori, Astronauts Office Manager, MBRSC; Nora AlMatrooshi, and Mohammad AlMulla. In a symbolic tradition marking the conclusion of an astronaut’s journey, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir rang the bell at the Johnson Space Center, officially signifying the end of their mission. The ceremony included storytelling sessions by the crew, sharing insights and experiences that captivated attendees with tales of courage, discovery, and collaboration.
The UAE Astronaut Programme, managed by MBRSC under the UAE’s National Space Programme and funded by the ICT Fund of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), aims to support research and development in the ICT sector in the UAE and promote the country’s integration on the global stage.