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Praying Toward Mecca…In Outer Space

Filed by KOSU News in Science.
July 12, 2011

Host Michel Martin speaks with Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the second part of Tell Me More’s series “Flying High: First In Their Class.” As NASA enjoys the final mission of its space program, Tell Me More has been speaking with astronauts and other pioneers of space exploration who have broken new ground.

Prince Sultan’s historic space flight on the Discovery shuttle in 1985 marked many firsts for the shuttle program. The Saudi prince was the first Arab, Muslim, and member of royalty to travel into space. The mission was also unique because its crew came from three different countries on three different continents. They faced the challenge of carrying out cultural norms while in outer space. But Prince Sultan found a way to do everything, including praying three times a day and fasting during Ramadan. He is now the President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]

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