On June 17, 1985, STS-51G Discovery launched.
30 years ago, today, Commander Daniel Brandenstein, Pilot John Creighton, Mission Specialists Shannon Lucid, John Fabian Steven Nagel, and Payload Specialists Patrick Baudry and Sultan Al-Saud took off for their 7 day, 1 hour, 38 minutes and 52 second mission.
STS-51G was the eighteenth flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program and the fifth for Space Shuttle Discovery. Sultan Al-Saud became the first Arabian, first Muslim and first member of a royal family to fly into space. This was also the first Space Shuttle mission that flew without at least one astronaut from the pre-Shuttle era.
STS-51-G was the eighteenth flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the fifth flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. The seven-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. (Credit NASA) #sts51g#danbrandenstein#johncreighton#johnfabian#stevenagel#patrickbaudry#shannonlucid#salmanalsaud#spaceshuttle