Experiments being conducted on ISS:
AlNeyadi, during his tenure of over 4,000 hours aboard the International Space Station (ISS), is spearheading 20+ research experiments and studies in collaboration with NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the following:
1- Cardiovascular System
Research into the cardiovascular system, the body’s oxygen delivery network, could help develop interventions that slow vascular aging and improve life quality on Earth.
2- Back Pain
Investigations into back pain, a common problem for astronauts. The findings could inform countermeasures to reduce spinal injuries in space and improve spinal health in the general population.
3- Technical Demonstrations
Technical demonstrations which will contribute to the development of future technologies for deep space exploration. The ISS’s external and internal environments offer an ideal testing ground for new materials and spacecraft technologies.
Epigenetics, which focuses on the processes that change gene activity without altering DNA, has broad applications, from developing biomedical countermeasures to crafting personalised medicine strategies.
5- Immune System
Immune system studies which will further illuminate the effects of stress on immune changes in healthy adults.
6- Fluid Science
Fluid science which will explore how various substances behave in zero-gravity, while plant biology research could lead to significant agricultural advances on Earth.
7- Material Science
Material science experiments which will enhance understanding of materials processing, leading to potentially cheaper and more durable designs.
8- Sleep Analysis
Sleep analysis which will deepen understanding of sleep’s impact on astronaut health.
Radiation research which will help predict space radiation exposure for future exploration missions.
As part of the UAE Astronaut Programme’s Grants Research Programme, AlNeyadi will also be supporting two research projects from the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) will be supported. One will assess how microgravity affects cardio-postural interactions, while the other will study dental/oral cells in a microgravity simulated environment. Both initiatives aim to nurture a new generation of scientists.