If you ever said that only NASA, Roscosmos, or the European Space Agency (ESA) knows how to send humans into space, no offense, but you should definitely eat your words. Saudi Arabia has its first space mission scheduled for launch in less than a week.
The great event will mark the launch of the first astronauts of the Kingdom, who are known as Ali al-Qarni and Rayyanah Barnawi, according to Alarabiya News.
The first Saudi Arabian space mission launches on May 21
The two astronauts mentioned above will travel to the International Space Station, and the Saudi Arabian mission will launch from the USA’s territory.
If you’re wondering what’s the purpose behind the first Saudi Arabian Space Mission, the answer might leave you speechless. A few pioneering scientific experiments will be conducted in microgravity. In this way, scientists hope to come up with new ways of providing suitable conditions for humans to engage into further space exploration.
The world needs as many ways of exploring space as possible. The number of astronauts who are typically onboard the International Space Station (ISS) can vary depending on mission logistics, as well as spacecraft capabilities. However, the ISS is designed to accommodate a crew of six astronauts for long-duration missions. This has been the standard crew size for most of the operational history of the spacecraft.
An amazing fact about the International Space Station (ISS) is that it orbits the Earth at an astonishing speed of approximately 28,000 kilometers per hour (17,500 miles per hour). This incredible velocity allows the ISS to complete a full orbit around the Earth in just about 90 minutes. As a result, astronauts aboard the space station experience 16 sunrises and sunsets every single day.