JEDDAH: Astronauts shared with students from King Abdulaziz University their experiences and insights from a recent trip to the International Space Station.
Saudis Ali Al-Qarni and Rayyanah Barnawi who visited the ISS in May, along with Mariam Fardous and Ali Al-Ghamdi, met on Wednesday at the King Faisal Center with university officials and students.
Prior to their address to the students, the astronauts were received by KAU acting president, Dr. Hana bint Abdullah Al-Nuaim, and other officials.
They were given a tour of an accompanying exhibition and visited the university’s laboratories linked to space engineering and science projects and research.
As well as stories from their ISS trip, the astronauts also talked to the students about the Kingdom’s future goals in space science and how they could become involved in them.
They highlighted the importance of teamwork to successful research and development and reviewed 14 scientific experiments carried out in the ISS, including six in human medicine, four in biomedicine, three scientific awareness experiments with school students in a live broadcast, and a physics experiment about the artificial rain seeding process.