We have always been curious about what lies beyond the heavens. Many sci-fi movies, shows, and books have explored the possibilities of traveling in space, finding life outside of Earth, and settling on different planets. The mystery of space has captured the imagination of people from all walks of life and fuelled the development of space exploration.
From looking up and mapping out the stars to sending drones to space to collect information, we have developed the fields of astronomy and space technology to enable us to explore space and uncover the mysteries that are found beyond our planet. Many solar systems, heavenly bodies, and signs of life have been captured. The International Space Station has been built and Space X is developing plans to send people to live on Mars. Our fascination with space continues to grow.
Banknotes Related to Space Exploration
One of the ways our fascination with space shows is through banknotes. Many banknotes feature space technologies and their development. Here are some examples:
The 500 Algerian dinar note from 2018 features many satellite dishes, along with a depiction of a satellite orbiting the Earth. (Algeria P-145)
The 2,000 Taiwanese yuan note from 2001 shows a satellite dish array and rockets, depicting the technological advances of the FORMOSAT-1. The FORMOSAT-1 is a satellite operated by the National Space Organization of Taiwan. It operated for 5 years, from January 1999 to June 2004. It was decommissioned on July 16, 2004. (Taiwan P-1995)
The 1,000 Indian rupee note from 2006 also features a satellite being operated by a person on a computer. (India P-107)
The 2,000 Russian ruble note from 2017 shows a rocket on a Launchpad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The Vostochny Cosmodrone is a Russian spaceport that is still partly under construction. It has successfully launched ten rockets out of eleven attempts. In addition the China 100 Yuan, 2015 features technology such as satellites and a space station.