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A Muslim Astronaut Will Have Halal Food at Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) will be offering halal food to first Emirati astronaut, Hazza Al Mansoori, who will be onboard on September 25, Sputnik reported on July 7.

“Halal dishes enough for the eight-day trip are expected to be ready by mid-August. These canned meals will include balaleet, sweet vermicelli, saluna — sweet and sour fish — and madrouba,” informed the Russian firm, ‘Space Food Laboratory’, which specializes in producing astronaut food.

The Muslim astronaut and his two other colleagues of the ‘ISS Expedition 61’ would be engaged in conducting Earth observation, imaging experiences, communicating with ground stations, sharing information and documenting biological data related to the daily lives of astronauts at the ISS.

Al Mansoori will be the 6th Muslim astronaut to visit the ISS and the 11th Muslim to be in space generally. The former UAE military pilot will also give an introductory tour of the ISS in Arabic.

The 31-year-old man will launch onboard Soyuz MS-15 mission where he’ll be accompanied with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and American astronaut Jessica Meir.

The mission will launch from the world’s first and largest spaceport, Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is located in the Muslim country Kazakhstan.

Beside Al Mansoori, another Muslim on the mission is Sultan Niyadi, a telecommunication engineer at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), who is one of the three individuals of Soyuz MS-15’s backup crew.


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