COUNTRIES WORK TOGETHER
As man moves into space, exploration becomes a universal project.
No longer does one country dominate new frontiers. It seems nature
is insisting on a new form of cooperation.
A good example of this working together has shown up in both the
Russian and American space programs. Both countries have now trained
and flown with nationals of many other countries.
One unusual New Age explorer recently visited Vancouver. He was
Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the first Arab
astronaut. The 29 year old nephew of King Faud of Saudi Arabia was
here as a visitor to Expo and also to host several receptions and
dinners and to talk with the members of the Young Astronauts
organization and to see the space show "Going Up" at the H.R.
During his flight on the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery in June of
1985, Prince Sultan assisted in the launch of three Communications
satellites including one for the Arab Satellite Communications
Organization (Arabsat). (Prince Sultan a Major Pilot in the Royal
Saudi Air Force, has a degree in mass communications from the
University of Denver.) The same flight tested a Milky Way probe and
served as the target for an earth-to-shuttle laser test.
A series of in-cabin experiments designed by Saudi scientists
including one designed by another member of the Saudi Royal Family,
Prince Turki ibn Sa'ud ibn Muhammad Al Sa'ud of Stanford University,
was also carried out by the prince who served as a payload specialist
on this trip known officially as Mission 51-G.
For the first time Arab television viewers in the Middle East were
able to receive a beamed-backed guided tour of the space shuttle's
interior in Arabic from Prince Sultan. He also held a phone
conversation with the King, read the Koran and prayed. The latter
presented some new applications as to the direction of the Arab Holy
City of Mecca.
As cost and necessity forces countries to pool resources and work
together, we are slowly learning that in the New Age cooperation is
the better idea.
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