Emirates Post, in cooperation with Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, will issue a series of special stamps to celebrate the UAE Astronaut Programme on Wednesday
Emirates Post, in cooperation with Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has issued a series of commemorative stamps to celebrate the UAE Astronaut Programme, which will take the first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday.
The series of stamps are launched 55 years after the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum issued a stamp to commemorate the American astronauts’ first trip to space, state news agency WAM reported.
Comprising six designs, the special-edition stamps feature images of UAE astronauts Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi, the Soyuz MS spacecraft, the International Space Station, as well as the logo for the September 25 mission Zayed’s Ambition, which features an outline of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s image.
Emirates Post said it is issuing 150,000 commemorative stamps, which are available at Emirates Post Central Happiness Centres from September 25. The local postal services provider is also issuing 1,000 first day covers (souvenir sheets).
Abdulla M Alashram, acting group CEO of Emirates Post Group, said: "In 1964, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum issued a stamp celebrating astronauts and space sciences, which demonstrates the nation’s foresight and vision. It is incredible that, in 55 years, this ambition has now been turned into a reality and the UAE is getting closer to achieving its goal of becoming a leader in the space industry."
He added that the UAE space mission will mark an important milestone in the country's expanding space industry and inspire a new generation by showing them that anything is possible.
"We are also honoured to partner with MBRSC and issue a series of commemorative stamps to celebrate this momentous occasion and highlight the UAE’s role in space exploration. On behalf of Emirates Post, I would like to wish both astronauts every success on this historic journey," Alashram added.
The mission is part of the UAE Astronaut Programme, which is overseen by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.