Reading through the Saudi paper al Sharq al Awsat, we learn of plans to launch not one, but two Saudi satellites into orbit by 2011. Apparently this is is a joint project with an American university. The fact that Iran just launched its own satellite into space has NOTHING to do with this entirely coincidental development; Saudi Arabia has always been a beacon of scientific learning and discovery. On a purely speculative note, wouldn't it be amazing if the reason for all this joint space cooperation is because someone has convinced the Saudis to pay a lot of money to fund NASA? The last I heard, the US government was looking to cut back their funding so I wonder how their mission of exploring space and studying moon rocks is faring with what could be the worst recession in living memory.