Hazza Al Mansoori has already made his mark in the UAE’s history books as the first Emirati to be launched into space and board the International Space Station. Now, he will also be imprinted in the country’s currency.
Concluding his historic eight-day mission, the astronaut landed back to Earth today at exactly 2:59pm UAE time in the remote town of Zhezqazghan in Kazakhstan.
Preempting the end of his mission, the Central Bank of the UAE announced that it will be issuing a commemorative coin in honor of the Emirati astronaut. "His launch marked a significant day in our history as a nation," the Central Bank said in a statement.
The initiative pays tribute to the heroic efforts of “Major Hazza Al Mansoori” and the visionary leadership of the country.
Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, Governor of CBUAE, said, "It is an important milestone in the UAE’s history and it is essential to commemorate Hazza Al Mansoori and to recognize his immeasurable contribution to his country."
News of the new initiative comes after Emirates Post issued six special-edition commemorative stamps to mark the milestone of his momentous launch on September 25, 2019.
Alongside crew members, Russian commander Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Emirati astronaut Al Mansoori blasted off into space from the Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome just before 6pm Dubai time. The National Geographic documented Al Mansoori’s mission in a four-part film series in partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.