With only three months left for the UAE’s historic mission to the International Space Station, the anticipation surrounding it is increasing every day. The official logo, designed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), in co-operation with the Federal Youth Authority (FYA) has recently been unveiled. It pays a remarkable tribute to the UAE’s founding father late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was a strong advocate for space exploration in the UAE.
From 4,022 hopefuls down to one, astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansouri, the first Arab aboard ISS will in a few months, mark his name in the history of UAE into as the first Emirati to go to space. He will wear the logo on his shoulder during the mission. The circular logo features an outlined illustration of Sheikh Zayed. It is bordered by two UAE flags and includes the name of Hazzaa Al Mansoori along with the words “UAE Astronaut Mission 1”.
In a statement, Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Chairman of MBRSC, said, “The mission’s logo reflects the ambition of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan for the Emirati youth to explore space, especially as he believed in their abilities and was keen on the presence of the UAE in this sector and having an Emirati space sector. Hazza Al Mansouri will carry ‘Zayed’s ambition’ with him into space, wearing the logo on his shoulder, during his historic mission to the ISS; a moment of pride for every Emirati and every Arab.”