Welcome to One Planet
“One Planet” is the documentation of the story behind the first Arab- Moslem astronaut experience in space during June 1985. As a payload specialist on board the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-51-G, Prince Sultan Bin Salman Al-Saud, manifested the launching of an Arab Satellite (Arabsat 1-B), which represented the 22 Arab Countries. While in space, the Saudi astronaut conducted several scientific experiments set by a Saudi scientific team. The book documents this mission and its impact and future on the Arab World. In addition, it covers several aspects of space technology, space exploration including chronological achievements in space flights and many major events occurred through-out the space age.
The Saudi Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the French scientist Patrick Baudry, and four Americans; Daniel Brandenstein, commander; John Creighton, pilot; John Fabian, mission specialist, Steven Nagel, the 100th American in space, and Shannon Lucid, the 6th woman in space, worked hard to achieve their mission. They launched three communications satellites - including one for the Arab Satellite Communications organization (Arabsat) - deployed and retrieved a scientific platform to probe the Milky Way, and their space ship served as the target for a laser in the first "Star Wars" Space Shuttle test.
In addition, Prince Sultan carried out a series of in-cabin experiments designed by a team of Saudi scientists headed by Dr. Abdullah Dabbagh. While in space, Prince Sultan talked to his late uncle, King Fahd, by telephone and gave a guided tour of the space shuttle's interior in Arabic, which was beamed back to millions of Arab television viewers on Earth, and also found time to pray and to read the entire Holly Qur’an.

About The Authors
HRH Prince Sultan Ben Salman Ben Abdel Aziz Al Saud In 1985 he flew as a Payload Specialist on STS-51G Discovery (June 17-24, 1985). As one of a seven member international crew, which also included American and French astronauts, he represented the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (ARABSAT) in deploying their satellite, ARABSAT-1B. Upon conclusion of his space flight, he helped in founding the Association of Space Explorers, an international organization comprising all astronauts and cosmonauts who have been in space, and served on its Board of Directors for several years. In 1985 he was commissioned as an officer into the Royal Saudi Air Force. He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and is qualified in several military and civilian aircraft. Sultan completed his elementary and secondary education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia then went on to study communications and aviation in the United States. For several years he headed the Advisory Committee for the Science Oasis Project to be built in Riyadd. He is currently the President of the Supreme Commission for Tourism and Antiquities since its establishment in 2000.

Dr. Ahmed Nabil Abo-khatwa (on the right), a biochemist, a science writer and a faculty staff at King Abdul-Aziz University, Saudi-Arabia. He is also a consultant to HE the Mayor of Jeddah City.

Dr. Tarek Ali Fadaak (left) ,a city planner, licensed pilot, and a staff member at King Abdul-Aziz University, Saudi-Arabia. Former Chairman of Jeddah City Council, and currently a member of the Saudi Shura Council. He is also a former Fellow of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

News & Events
4 to 10 November, 2012
The Executive Committee of Space Explorers Association holds its 3rd preparatory meeting in Riyadh during 4-10 November 2012. more details...

11-15 November, 1989
V Congress, Riyadh “The Space for Earth”. more details...

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