The Chinggis Khaan Order conferred upon Astronaut J.Gurragchaa

2021-03-23 14:39:59

On March 22, 2021, the day that marks the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s first space flight, President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga awarded astronaut J.Gurragchaa the Order of Chinggis Khaan.

The Order of Chinggis Khaan was awarded in recognition of J.Gurragchaa’s invaluable contribution to marking Mongolia as one of the patrons of space studies, as he paved the way for Mongolian space researchers to make their unique contributions to the field by becoming the 101st citizen of the earth and 2nd Asian to take part in space flight, making Mongolia the 10th country to send an astronaut to the open space.

Major-General Gurragchaa Jugderdemid has been pronounced a Hero of Mongolia and the former Soviet Union.

Upon the conferral of the Order, the President said:

“Dear citizens of Mongolia, and 

the fellow Mongols scattered through the face of the earth,

I would like to congratulate you on the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s first space flight.

For millenniums, the eternal sky and the mother earth, placed in the heart of the universe, have remained the center of Mongolians’ spiritual sanctity.

A man flew into the space 60 years ago, as a result of the wondrous scientific discoveries led by the desires of humanity to explore the universe.

Forty years ago today, at 22:40 Ulaanbaatar time, Soyuz-39 space vehicle, carrying an international crew of Mongolian citizen Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa and the Soviet citizen Vladimir Aleksandrovich Janibekov, and landed back to Earth at 19:42, March 30th, 1981.

Out of all 194 UN members, 36 countries have sent their citizens into the space. Mongolia is the 10th country to send a man into the space, making J.Gurragchaa the 2nd Asian citizen to attend a space flight.

The joint space mission carried out 36 medical, biological, physical technological and remote sensing experiments, falling under 25 categories of 3 fields, which ultimately became the foundation of Mongolian space research.

Hero of the Mongolian People’s Republic and the Soviet Union, cosmonaut, Major-General J.Gurragchaa is a luminary, not only for Mongolians, but for the whole human race.

I avail myself to confer upon You the highest state decoration, the Order of CHINGGIS KHAAN, in high recognition of your substantial contribution to the proclamation of Mongolia’s prestige, revival of patriotism and national pride, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the first space flight of Mongolia.

I wish You a long life full of happiness, health and all the best”. 

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