Saudi Ambassador to US, Princess Rima bint Bandar, visits NASA

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Washington, Princess Rima Bint Bandar, visited the two Saudi astronauts, Ali Al-Qarni and Rayana Bernawi, at the control center of the SpaceX mission organized by the International Space Agency (NASA).


The Saudi princess expressed happiness at visiting the control center at its headquarters in Houston, where she toured its facilities and watched the Saudi astronauts during training.


She thanked the agency for the warm reception and hospitality.

Saudi Pioneers

The Saudi princess praised the Saudi pioneer, Rayana, who is the first Arab Muslim astronaut, as she and her colleague will participate in 11 experiments with the crew of the space mission, during the next 3 months.

SpaceX Company

SpaceX is an American space exploration and technology company that manufactures aeronautics and space transportation.


It was founded by Elon Musk in 2002, to reduce space transportation costs and to enable the colonization of Mars.


SpaceX launched several Starlink internet service satellites and developed many vehicles, including the Dragon space cargo vehicle.

SpaceX achievements

It transported humans to the International Space Station on the Dragon 2 vehicle, and it has many achievements, including the launch of the first liquid-fuel rocket funded by the private sector, the first private company to send a spacecraft to orbit around the Earth and return it to Earth successfully, and the first private company to send a spacecraft and pioneers space to the International Space Station.


It achieved the first vertical take-off and vertical landing of an orbital missile and was the first company to reuse an orbital rocket. Spacex 20 carried a flight to the International Space Station in the framework of its partnership with NASA.


Orbital Rocket

SpaceX is the first company to reuse an orbital rocket previously launched into space and has become the world’s largest commercial satellite operator with its January 2020 launch of the third stage of the Starlink project.


In September 2016, Musk revealed the Starship spacecraft that will be used to transport manned space flights between planets, and the company plans for the Starship to be reusable.


A primary goal for SpaceX is to develop a rapid-use launch system, and announced aspects of the technology development effort include: an active test campaign of the low-speed Grasshopper flight test vehicle.


In 2015, SpaceX succeeded in landing the first orbital missile on December 21, 2015, and in 2017 SpaceX formed a subsidiary company, The Boring Company, to work on building a short test tunnel near the SpaceX headquarters and Munch.

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