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Old 21-07-2014, 12:50 PM   #263
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STS-51-G was the 18th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the fifth flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. The se7en-day mission launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 17, 1985, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 24.. Sultan Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia was on board as a payload specialist; Al Saud became the first Arab, the first Muslim, and the first member of a royal family to fly into space..It was also the first Space Shuttle mission which flew without at least one astronaut from the pre-Shuttle era among its crew..Sultan bin Salman (Arabic: سلطان بن سلمان بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎ (born 27 June 1956) is a former Royal Saudi Air Force pilot who flew aboard the STS-51-G Space Shuttle mission as a payload specialist, and a member of the House of Saud.. He is thus the first astronaut of royal blood, and the first Arab and Muslim to fly in outer space..Regarding the connections between the state and the people, he argued that “Every citizen of this country is a responsible person. Here the state is the citizen and the citizen is the state. There is no division between the leadership and the citizens”..Sultan was born in Riyadh on 27 June 1956.. He is the second son of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz.. His mother is Sultana bin Turki Al Sudairi who died in July 2011.. She was a daughter of Prince Salman's uncle, Turki bin Ahmad Al Sudairi,who was one of the former governors of Asir Province..Prince Sultan is a full brother of Fahd, Ahmed, Abdulaziz, Faisal and Hussa (born 1974)..From 17 June through 24 June 1985, he flew as a payload specialist on STS-51-G Discovery. 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. Sultan also holds the record for being the youngest person to fly on the Space Shuttle, at the age of 28..In 1985, Sultan recorded a commercial message that was broadcast on MTV during the Live Aid concert event..His Birds Eye View message mentioned his recent trip on the Space Shuttle and was one of 33 such by notable individuals..Sultan bin Salman is married to the daughter of Saud bin Faisal, the minister of foreign affairs of Saudi Arabia.. They have 3 children.. His son, Salman (born 1990), attended St. Andrew's University in Scotland, and married a daughter of Prince Khalid bin Saud Al Saud, a great-grandson of Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman, in Riyadh on 5 December 2012..Prince Sultan was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal by Syracuse University (SU) in November 2012 for his key role in helping to launch a collaborative partnership between SU and Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University... Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion.. With me, it is merely good manners.. You may judge which motive is the more reliable..Truly, for some men nothing is written unless THEY write it...

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