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The Saudi engineer who made his way to a NASA project

Saudi mechanical engineer Meshal al-Shahrani part of a team undertaking the Microgravi project

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Saudi mechanical engineer Meshal al-Shahrani, who has studied in the United States, has joined the US government agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to work in a team undertaking the Microgravi project. The project is meant to develop a device simulating a zero gravity environment, according to many media outlets.

Shahrani, who was the first Saudi to join NASA, said in a statement that the device will help scientists and researchers in the field of bio-engineering in analyzing the organic samples under the zero gravity. The device will be sent to space to compare the results according to an action plan extended over a whole year.

Shahrani received his education in the province of Aqiq and worked in Saudi Aramco for four years before traveling abroad to study mechanical engineering at the California State University.