In 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first human to step on the moon, and since that date, hundreds of persons had the same objective as him. Therefore, many Arabs, men and women, have been to space like HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, TAKREEM 2017 Special Distinction recipient. He was the first Arab, Muslim and Saudi royal to ever visit outer space in 1985 at the age of just 28, and the first ever to “observe Islamic prayers and read the Quran in zero gravity."
"Meet the Arab Woman and Men Who Ventured Into Space
We all know that the Earth is just one small planet amongst a plethora of galaxies and it has been said that exploring outer space holds the key to the secrets of the universe, and the Arab world wants in.
The UAE have ambitious plans to build a city on Mars by the year 2117, and have high hopes for the first woman on Mars to be an Emirati and there are aerospace engineers like Saudi’s Mishaal Alshemimry who tirelessly develop ways to get there.
Arabs have been to space and are continuing to do so, and these are the Middle Eastern space travelers who paved the way:
Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia
Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud became the first Arab, Muslim and Saudi royal to visit outer space in 1985 at the age of just 28, and the first ever to “observe Islamic prayers and read the Quran in zero gravity." Becoming an inspiration for the Arab world amidst conflict in the region between Iran and Iraq, the young royal took off on a seven day mission from the American Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 in an operation to deploy a satellite for the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation.
Following his trip to space, the Saudi royal co-founded the Association of Space Explorers, served in the Royal Saudi Airforce as a colonel and is still celebrated today for his achievements representing the kingdom."