Sultan Al Neyadi: Astronauts Unwind on the International Space Station

Glimpse into Astronauts' Downtime on the International Space Station , AE's Sultan Al Neyadi provided valuable insights into how astronauts unwind during their free time on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Astronauts' Leisure Activities Aboard the International Space Station

A In a recent video posted on Friday, as he prepares to return to Earth, Dr Al Neyadi showcased one of the recreational games they indulge in after work. With an enthusiastic introduction, he initiated the "space games" session and revealed the game of choice: space darts. The game, featuring Nasa astronaut Stephen Bowen and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, challenges participants to toss a table tennis ball in a dart-like motion through two rings, adding a touch of fun and competition in the weightless environment of space.

Astronauts Engage in Intellectual Challenges on the ISS

Beyond the physical recreation, the astronauts aboard the ISS also engage in cerebral pursuits during their downtime. A fascinating image shared on Nasa's website captured Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and Nasa astronaut Warren Hoburg engrossed in a game of chess inside the space station's cupola. The orbital lab, soaring 417km above the Colombia-Venezuela border when the picture was taken, allows these explorers to enjoy strategic and thoughtful games like chess, proving that intellectual stimulation is not confined by the bounds of Earth.

A Multifaceted Journey: Dr Al Neyadi's Achievements in Space

Throughout his mission, Dr Al Neyadi has accomplished a multitude of groundbreaking achievements, solidifying his status as an experienced astronaut. Besides capturing the beauty of the UAE and the broader Arab world on camera during his stay on the space station, he has also successfully conducted spacewalks, scientific investigations, and maintenance assignments. Notably, he became the first Arab astronaut to perform a spacewalk, venturing outside the ISS with Capt Bowen on a seven-hour maintenance assignment in April. Furthermore, his welcoming of two Saudi astronauts, Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali Al Qarni, brought the total population of Arabs in space to three, furthering the advancement of Arab representation in space exploration. Dr Al Neyadi's journey exemplifies the spirit of exploration, scientific inquiry, and international collaboration that define human space missions.

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