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News 24 | Prince Sultan bin Salman .. 37 years since the flight of the first Arab astronaut

Today is the 37th anniversary of the flight of Prince Sultan bin Salman, the first Arab astronautToday (Friday), June 17, marks the 37th anniversary of the launch of the space shuttle Discovery in 1985, which carried Prince Sultan bin Salman on his famous journey into space, becoming the first Arab Muslim astronaut.

The shuttle Discovery carried a crew of seven astronauts: flight commander Daniel Brandenstein, his co-pilot John Crichton, scientists John Fabian, Stephen Nagel and Stinnon Lucid, and the French payload specialist Patriac Purdy, in addition to Prince Sultan. Bin Salman.

On June 23, King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, may God have mercy on him, made a phone call to astronaut Prince Sultan, which lasted for a few minutes, which was broadcast by television networks in the Kingdom and in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Shuttle Discovery landed on June 24 at Edwards Air Force Base in California after a flight of 7 days, 1 hour and 38 minutes, during which the shuttle orbited 111 times.

Prince Sultan revealed 4 scenes that he will not forget during his famous trip, through his book “One Planet”, the first, the beauty of the planet without geographical breaks to appear as a wonderful painting, and the second, on the contrary, as fires and smoke appeared from the African continent due to the drought that struck the continent in that year.

As for the third scene, he said that he saw the burning mass of flame from the window of the spacecraft, as there was a fire burning around the body of the spacecraft, as a result of its friction with the Earth’s atmosphere when it began to enter the Earth over the continent of Australia, and we felt the heat under our feet and communications between the spacecraft and the ground station in the state of Houston were cut off. American.

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