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Saudi Astronauts Meet Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

PARIS, France - Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Prime Minister, and President of the Higher Council of Space has met with astronauts ahead of a historic mission to space.

The Crown Prince met with astronauts Rayna Bernawi, Ali Al Qarni, Mariam Fardous, and Ali Al Ghamdi before the launch of the Kingdom’s scientific mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

He welcomed the crew of the scientific mission on board of which are the first Saudi, Muslim, and Arab woman to fly to space Rayana Bernawi and the first Saudi astronaut, Ali Al – Qarni, to arrive on the ISS, and congratulated them for passing the qualifying program.

The Crown Prince underlined the importance of the space sector as a major pillar in enhancing the Kingdom’s global competitiveness while emphasizing the significance of space exploration in serving science and humanity.

The Crown Prince said the astronauts represent the abilities of the Saudi people and their ambitions to play a vital role in innovations and space research to find sustainable solutions for the welfare of humanity.

He also noted that people in the Kingdom are pinning great hopes on Rayana Bernawi and Ali Al-Qarni as ambassadors and representatives of the Saudi Kingdom at the ISS in a mission that has noble objectives to empower mankind, protect the planet, and open new horizons for research in health and sustainable environment.

For their part, the astronauts expressed pride for their meeting with the Crown Prince, extending their thanks and gratitude for his constant support.

Astronauts Rayana Bernawi and Ali Al – Qarni underlined their full readiness for the historic mission, pledging to leave their mark on space exploration and research.

The historic mission underlines the Kingdom’s commitment to supporting global space exploration efforts, encouraging scientific research in the field, and enhance Saudi Arabia’s knowledge and roles in space programs and technologies as per the Saudi Vision 2030.



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