The creative works of UAE youth made their appearance in space after Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, displayed them aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during a 15-minute video call with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) on Sunday, September 29.
The best artworks were chosen from the ‘Send to Space’ competition launched by MBRSC in July. The competition called for sharing of drawings, poems and short stories to accompany Hazzaa on his mission at the ISS.
Addressing a packed hall at MBRSC, Hazzaa, who came live from ISS at 2:43pm (UAE time), mentioned the names of the winners and gave an annotation for each artwork.
One drawing made by Aisha Salem showed a child looking up to the stars. Hazzaa said this is what the youth should do: “To shoot for the stars and reach their dreams.”
Another drawing portrayed the culture and traditions of the UAE while another one illustrated the UAE’s Space journey and showed how the leaders inspired the people.
Hazzaa will announce the winners of the poetry and short story writing contest next.
According to the MBRSC, all the competition, which was opened to all ages, nationalities and People of Determination, was aimed at involving the UAE community in its initiatives and programmes, including the UAE Astronaut Programme.
“We hope that the competition will be a beacon of inspiration for ambitious and creative generations who believe that their creativity can reach beyond the Earth,” Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, MBRSC director general earlier said.
Meanwhile, before Hazzaa answered questions from the students who trooped to the MBRSC on Sunday, he showed a photo of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan meeting three American astronauts back in 1976.
He also said that he is reading ‘Qissati’, the latest book by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for inspiration during his spare time onboard the ISS.