Al-Ain Football Club announced Thursday, October 3rd that they have granted honorary membership to the two Emirati astronauts, Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi, who are the first Arabian persons to enter the International Space Station (ISS), the UAE club declared.
“The two astronauts are an honourable model to be followed by people,” the UAE’s club said in a statement.
“This honorary membership comes after the guidance of Sheikh Hazza Zayed Al Nahyan, vice president of the executive council of Abu Dhabi Emirate and the club’s president,” the statement added.
The United Arab Emirati Club also announced that they will name two playgrounds at the club’s football school after the names of the two astronauts as a result of their achievement.
After eight days in space and approximately 128 orbits around the Earth, astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori returned to Earth on Thursday.
“Hazzaa Al Mansoori is in excellent health, according to the medical team who examined him shortly after he arrived on Earth after eight days on the International Space Station,” the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre wrote on its Twitter account.
“There’s no place like home! Mission teams confirmed that Astro Hague, Alexey Ovchinin, and Astro Hazzaa landed safely at 6:59 a.m. ET after a mission to conduct science and maintenance aboard the Space Station,” NASA announced on their Twitter account after Al Mansoori's arrival.