The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) has revealed the official logo of the Kingdom’s scientific mission to the International Space Station (ISS), which will have on board the first Saudi and Arab Muslim female astronaut, Ms. Rayana Bernawi, and Mr. Ali Al-Qarni, who is also the first Saudi astronaut to reach the ISS.
The logo embodies the noble goals of the Kingdom’s scientific mission, which is centered around empowering people, protecting the planet and opening new horizons through the researches the astronauts will conduct in the fields of health and environmental sustainability.
The logo will be placed on the official uniform of the crew, as it is customary for all space flights to have an official logo for each mission before the crew leaves the planet Earth into space.
The logo, which took a circular shape, features the Kingdom’s flag, representing the identity of the Saudi astronauts, and reflecting the Kingdom’s heritage, history, cultural specificity, and traditions. This is reflected on the logo through the green flag that symbolizes the banner of Islam, the white color which is the symbol of purity and on which the two Shahadahs (Islamic testimony) were written, and the drawn sword that is one of the manifestations of the authentic and ancient Saudi heritage that confirms firmness in applying justice.
The logo also highlights the Kingdom’s location on the world map, and the Saudi flag appears surrounded by the names of the two Saudi astronauts to show the home of the astronauts within the mission. This comes in addition to two radioactive beams that launch from the Kingdom into space, representing the two Saudi astronauts, in order to present a motivational message for Saudi youth to be an interest in space science, raise awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs, qualify competencies, and promote higher education in the field of space.
The mission’s logo also stresses the Kingdom’s aspirations and commitment to support space exploration efforts and reinforce the Saudi citizens’ role in space programs and its fields of science and technology, with the aim of achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 that seeks to highlight the Kingdom’s role in the space sector and its technologies.