Country: Saudi Arabia
Born in 1956, he 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. Al Saud completed his elementary and secondary education in Riyadh. He is a graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in mass communications. He received a master’s degree in social and political science from Syracuse University in 1999.